GLSA 200512-09 cURL: Off-by-one errors in URL handling
Posted on: 12/16/2005 07:22 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - cURL: Off-by-one errors in URL handling. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200512-09
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Low
Title: cURL: Off-by-one errors in URL handling
Date: December 16, 2005
Bugs: #114710
ID: 200512-09

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Synopsis
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cURL is vulnerable to local arbitrary code execution via buffer
overflow due to the insecure parsing of URLs.

Background
==========

cURL is a command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax,
supporting numerous protocols.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-misc/curl lt; 7.15.1 gt;= 7.15.1

Description
===========

Stefan Esser from the Hardened-PHP Project has reported a vulnerability
in cURL that allows for a local buffer overflow when cURL attempts to
parse specially crafted URLs. The URL can be specially crafted in one
of two ways: the URL could be malformed in a way that prevents a
terminating null byte from being added to either a hostname or path
buffer; or the URL could contain a "?" separator in the hostname
portion, which causes a "/" to be prepended to the resulting string.

Impact
======

An attacker capable of getting cURL to parse a maliciously crafted URL
could cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user making the call to cURL. An attacker could also
escape open_basedir or safe_mode pseudo-restrictions when exploiting
this problem from within a PHP program when PHP is compiled with
libcurl.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All cURL users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=net-misc/curl-7.15.1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2005-4077
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2005-4077
[ 2 ] Hardened-PHP Advisory
http://www.hardened-php.net/advisory_242005.109.html

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-200512-09.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 2005 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/2.0



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