[arch-security] [ASA-201711-7] lib32-curl: information disclosure

Levente Polyak anthraxx at archlinux.org
Mon Nov 6 11:59:46 UTC 2017

Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-201711-7

Severity: Medium
Date    : 2017-11-02
CVE-ID  : CVE-2017-1000257
Package : lib32-curl
Type    : information disclosure
Remote  : Yes
Link    : https://security.archlinux.org/AVG-466


The package lib32-curl before version 7.56.1-1 is vulnerable to
information disclosure.


Upgrade to 7.56.1-1.

# pacman -Syu "lib32-curl>=7.56.1-1"

The problem has been fixed upstream in version 7.56.1.




A heap buffer overrun flaw was found in the IMAP handler of libcurl >=
7.20.0 and < 7.56.1. An IMAP FETCH response line indicates the size of
the returned data, in number of bytes. When that response says the data
is zero bytes, libcurl would pass on that (non-existing) data with a
pointer and the size (zero) to the deliver-data function. libcurl's
deliver-data function treats zero as a magic number and invokes
strlen() on the data to figure out the length. The strlen() is called
on a heap based buffer that might not be zero terminated so libcurl
might read beyond the end of it into whatever memory lies after (or
just crash) and then deliver that to the application as if it was
actually downloaded.
By tricking an unsuspecting user into connecting to a malicious IMAP
server, an attacker could exploit this flaw to potentially cause
information disclosure or crash the application.


A remote attacker is able to disclose sensitive information or crash
the application by tricking an unsuspecting user into connecting to a
malicious IMAP server.



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