GLSA 200410-04: PHP: Memory disclosure
Posted on: 10/06/2004 06:39 AM

A PHP security update is available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200410-04
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: PHP: Memory disclosure and arbitrary location file upload
Date: October 06, 2004
Bugs: #64223
ID: 200410-04

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Synopsis
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Two bugs in PHP may allow the disclosure of portions of memory and allow remote attackers to upload files to arbitrary locations.

Background
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PHP is a general-purpose scripting language widely used to develop web-based applications. It can run inside a web server using the mod_php module or the CGI version of PHP, or can run stand-alone in a CLI.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-php/php < 4.3.9 >= 4.3.9
2 dev-php/mod_php < 4.3.9 >= 4.3.9
3 dev-php/php-cgi < 4.3.9 >= 4.3.9
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3 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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Stefano Di Paola discovered two bugs in PHP. The first is a parse error in php_variables.c that could allow a remote attacker to view the contents of the target machine's memory. Additionally, an array processing error in the SAPI_POST_HANDLER_FUNC() function inside rfc1867.c could lead to the $_FILES array being overwritten.

Impact
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A remote attacker could exploit the first vulnerability to view memory contents. On a server with a script that provides file uploads, an attacker could exploit the second vulnerability to upload files to an arbitrary location. On systems where the HTTP server is allowed to write in a HTTP-accessible location, this could lead to remote execution of arbitrary commands with the rights of the HTTP server.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All PHP, mod_php and php-cgi users should upgrade to the latest stable version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=dev-php/php-4.3.9"
# emerge ">=dev-php/php-4.3.9"

# emerge -pv ">=dev-php/mod_php-4.3.9"
# emerge ">=dev-php/mod_php-4.3.9"

# emerge -pv ">=dev-php/php-cgi-4.3.9"
# emerge ">=dev-php/php-cgi-4.3.9"

References
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[ 1 ] Secunia Advisory
http://secunia.com/advisories/12560/
[ 2 ] BugTraq post regarding the php_variables.c issue
http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/375294
[ 3 ] BugTraq post regarding the rfc1867.c issue
http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/375370

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200410-04.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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