CVE Vulnerabilities

CVE-2018-11723

Out-of-bounds Read

Published: Jun 19, 2018 | Modified: Sep 01, 2018
CVSS 3.x
5.5
MEDIUM
Source:
NVD
CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N
CVSS 2.x
1.9 LOW
AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N
RedHat/V2
RedHat/V3
Ubuntu

** DISPUTED ** The libpff_name_to_id_map_entry_read function in libpff_name_to_id_map.c in libyal libpff through 2018-04-28 allows remote attackers to cause an information disclosure (heap-based buffer over-read) via a crafted pff file. NOTE: the vendor has disputed this as described in libyal/libpff issue 66 on GitHub.

Weakness

The software reads data past the end, or before the beginning, of the intended buffer.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Libpff Libpff_project * 20180428
Libpff Ubuntu artful *
Libpff Ubuntu cosmic *
Libpff Ubuntu trusty *
Libpff Ubuntu xenial *

Potential Mitigations

  • Assume all input is malicious. Use an “accept known good” input validation strategy, i.e., use a list of acceptable inputs that strictly conform to specifications. Reject any input that does not strictly conform to specifications, or transform it into something that does.
  • When performing input validation, consider all potentially relevant properties, including length, type of input, the full range of acceptable values, missing or extra inputs, syntax, consistency across related fields, and conformance to business rules. As an example of business rule logic, “boat” may be syntactically valid because it only contains alphanumeric characters, but it is not valid if the input is only expected to contain colors such as “red” or “blue.”
  • Do not rely exclusively on looking for malicious or malformed inputs. This is likely to miss at least one undesirable input, especially if the code’s environment changes. This can give attackers enough room to bypass the intended validation. However, denylists can be useful for detecting potential attacks or determining which inputs are so malformed that they should be rejected outright.
  • To reduce the likelihood of introducing an out-of-bounds read, ensure that you validate and ensure correct calculations for any length argument, buffer size calculation, or offset. Be especially careful of relying on a sentinel (i.e. special character such as NUL) in untrusted inputs.

References