[ASA-201811-7] lib32-libcurl-gnutls: arbitrary code execution

Morten Linderud foxboron at archlinux.org
Sat Nov 10 21:23:21 UTC 2018

Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-201811-7

Severity: High
Date    : 2018-11-06
CVE-ID  : CVE-2018-16839 CVE-2018-16840
Package : lib32-libcurl-gnutls
Type    : arbitrary code execution
Remote  : Yes
Link    : https://security.archlinux.org/AVG-798


The package lib32-libcurl-gnutls before version 7.62.0-1 is vulnerable
to arbitrary code execution.


Upgrade to 7.62.0-1.

# pacman -Syu "lib32-libcurl-gnutls>=7.62.0-1"

The problems have been fixed upstream in version 7.62.0.




- CVE-2018-16839 (arbitrary code execution)

The internal function Curl_auth_create_plain_message fails to correctly
verify that the passed in lengths for name and password aren't too
long, then calculates a buffer size to allocate. On systems with a 32
bit size_t, the math to calculate the buffer size triggers an integer
overflow when the user name length exceeds 2GB (2^31 bytes). This
integer overflow usually causes a very small buffer to actually get
allocated instead of the intended very huge one, making the use of that
buffer end up in a heap buffer overflow.

- CVE-2018-16840 (arbitrary code execution)

A heap use-after-free flaw was found in curl versions from 7.59.0
through 7.61.1 in the code related to closing an easy handle. When
closing and cleaning up an 'easy' handle in the `Curl_close()`
function, the library code first frees a struct (without nulling the
pointer) and might then subsequently erroneously write to a struct
field within that already freed struct.


A malicious remote server might be able to execute arbitrary commands
by closing the connection from a client using easy handlers. A
malicious user could execute arbitrary code by passing a very long
username or password used for SASL authentication.


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