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ESB-2014.0840 - [NetBSD] libXfont: Root compromise - Existing account

Date: 29 May 2014
References: ESB-2014.0726  ESB-2014.2163  

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                               ESB-2014.0840
                     libXfont multiple vulnerabilities
                                29 May 2014

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:          libXfont
Publisher:        NetBSD
Operating System: NetBSD
Impact/Access:    Root Compromise -- Existing Account
Resolution:       Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:        CVE-2014-0211 CVE-2014-0210 CVE-2014-0209

Reference:        ESB-2014.0726

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		NetBSD Security Advisory 2014-005
		=================================

Topic:		libXfont multiple vulnerabilities


Version:	NetBSD-current:		source prior to May 13th, 2014
		NetBSD 6.1 - 6.1.4:	affected
		NetBSD 6.0 - 6.0.5:	affected
		NetBSD 5.1 - 5.1.4:	affected
		NetBSD 5.2 - 5.2.2:	affected

Severity:	privilege escalation

Fixed:		NetBSD-current:		May 13th, 2014
		NetBSD-6-0 branch:	May 14th, 2014
		NetBSD-6-1 branch:	May 14th, 2014
		NetBSD-6 branch:	May 14th, 2014
		NetBSD-5-2 branch:	May 14th, 2014
		NetBSD-5-1 branch:	May 14th, 2014
		NetBSD-5 branch:	May 14th, 2014

Teeny versions released later than the fix date will contain the fix.

Please note that NetBSD releases prior to 5.1 are no longer supported.
It is recommended that all users upgrade to a supported release.


Abstract
========

integer overflow of allocations in font metadata file parsing

This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2014-0209

unvalidated length fields when parsing xfs protocol replies

This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2014-0210

integer overflows calculating memory needs for xfs replies

This vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2014-0211

The X server commonly runs as root; the user using the X server
controls the fontpath.
A malicious local user could thus utilize buffer overflows via
setting the fontpath to a prepared font directory, or to
a malicious xfs server to execute code as root.


Technical Details
=================

citing from the X.org advisory:

integer overflow of allocations in font metadata file parsing

     When a local user who is already authenticated to the X server adds
     a new directory to the font path, the X server calls libXfont to open
     the fonts.dir and fonts.alias files in that directory and add entries
     to the font tables for every line in it.  A large file (~2-4 gb) could
     cause the allocations to overflow, and allow the remaining data read
     from the file to overwrite other memory in the heap.

unvalidated length fields when parsing xfs protocol replies

     When parsing replies received from the font server, these calls do not
     check that the lengths and/or indexes returned by the font server are
     within the size of the reply or the bounds of the memory allocated to
     store the data, so could write past the bounds of allocated memory when
     storing the returned data.

integer overflows calculating memory needs for xfs replies

     These calls do not check that their calculations for how much memory
     is needed to handle the returned data have not overflowed, so can

     result in allocating too little memory and then writing the returned
     data past the end of the allocated buffer.


Solutions and Workarounds
=========================

Update libXfont to a non-vulnerable version.

libXfont is contained in xbase.tgz, so get
http://nyftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD-daily/<r>/<d>/<a>/binary/sets/xbase.tgz
with <r>=release, <d>=date > 20140514, <a>=arch
(for example:
http://nyftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD-daily/netbsd-6/201405220640Z/amd64/binary/sets/xbase.tgz)
and then:
for X.org
cd / ; tar xzpf xbase.tgz ./usr/X11R7/lib/libXfont.so.3.0
for xfree
cd / ; tar xzpf xbase.tgz ./usr/X11R6/lib/libXfont.so.1.5

or rebuild the system from fixed source with build.sh -x

Fixed versions:
X.org: xsrc/external/mit/libXfont/dist/src/
                   HEAD  6            6-1          6-0
fc/fsconvert.c     1.2   1.1.1.2.2.1  1.1.1.2.6.1  1.1.1.2.4.1
fc/fserve.c        1.2   1.1.1.2.2.1  1.1.1.2.6.1  1.1.1.2.4.1
fontfile/dirfile.c 1.2   1.1.1.2.2.1  1.1.1.2.6.1  1.1.1.2.4.1

                   5            5-2              5-1
fc/fsconvert.c     1.1.1.1.2.2  1.1.1.1.2.1.4.1  1.1.1.1.2.1.2.1
fc/fserve.c        1.1.1.1.2.2  1.1.1.1.2.1.4.1  1.1.1.1.2.1.2.1
fontfile/dirfile.c 1.1.1.1.2.2  1.1.1.1.2.1.4.1  1.1.1.1.2.1.2.1

xfree: xsrc/xfree/xc/lib/font/
                   HEAD  6         6-1       6-0
fc/fsconvert.c     1.5   1.4.26.1  1.4.32.1  1.4.28.1
fc/fserve.c        1.5   1.4.26.1  1.4.32.1  1.4.28.1
fontfile/dirfile.c 1.5   1.4.14.1  1.4.20.1  1.4.16.1

                   5         5-2       5-1
fc/fsconvert.c     1.4.20.1  1.4.30.1  1.4.24.1
fc/fserve.c        1.4.20.1  1.4.30.1  1.4.24.1
fontfile/dirfile.c 1.4.8.1   1.4.18.1  1.4.12.1


Thanks To
=========

Thanks to Ilja van Sprundel, a security researcher with IOActive, who
discovered the issues and the X.org security team for developing fixes
and coordinating the vulnerability release.


Revision History
================

	2014-05-28	Initial release


More Information
================

Advisories may be updated as new information becomes available.
The most recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at 
  http://ftp.NetBSD.org/pub/NetBSD/security/advisories/NetBSD-SA2014-005.txt.asc

Information about NetBSD and NetBSD security can be found at
http://www.NetBSD.org/ and http://www.NetBSD.org/Security/ .


Copyright 2014, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.

$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2014-005.txt,v 1.1 2014/05/27 23:53:20 tonnerre Exp $

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