Debian DLA-711-1 : curl security update

High Nessus Plugin ID 94941


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


CVE-2016-8615 If cookie state is written into a cookie jar file that is later read back and used for subsequent requests, a malicious HTTP server can inject new cookies for arbitrary domains into said cookie jar. The issue pertains to the function that loads cookies into memory, which reads the specified file into a fixed-size buffer in a line-by-line manner using the `fgets()` function. If an invocation of fgets() cannot read the whole line into the destination buffer due to it being too small, it truncates the output. This way, a very long cookie (name + value) sent by a malicious server would be stored in the file and subsequently that cookie could be read partially and crafted correctly, it could be treated as a different cookie for another server.

CVE-2016-8616 When re-using a connection, curl was doing case insensitive comparisons of user name and password with the existing connections. This means that if an unused connection with proper credentials exists for a protocol that has connection-scoped credentials, an attacker can cause that connection to be reused if s/he knows the case-insensitive version of the correct password.

CVE-2016-8617 In libcurl's base64 encode function, the output buffer is allocated as follows without any checks on insize: malloc( insize * 4 / 3 + 4 ) On systems with 32-bit addresses in userspace (e.g. x86, ARM, x32), the multiplication in the expression wraps around if insize is at least 1GB of data. If this happens, an undersized output buffer will be allocated, but the full result will be written, thus causing the memory behind the output buffer to be overwritten. Systems with 64 bit versions of the `size_t` type are not affected by this issue.

CVE-2016-8618 The libcurl API function called `curl_maprintf()` can be tricked into doing a double-free due to an unsafe `size_t` multiplication, on systems using 32 bit `size_t` variables. The function is also used internallty in numerous situations. Systems with 64 bit versions of the `size_t` type are not affected by this issue.

CVE-2016-8619 In curl's implementation of the Kerberos authentication mechanism, the function `read_data()` in security.c is used to fill the necessary krb5 structures. When reading one of the length fields from the socket, it fails to ensure that the length parameter passed to realloc() is not set to 0.

CVE-2016-8621 The `curl_getdate` converts a given date string into a numerical timestamp and it supports a range of different formats and possibilites to express a date and time. The underlying date parsing function is also used internally when parsing for example HTTP cookies (possibly received from remote servers) and it can be used when doing conditional HTTP requests.

CVE-2016-8622 The URL percent-encoding decode function in libcurl is called `curl_easy_unescape`. Internally, even if this function would be made to allocate a unscape destination buffer larger than 2GB, it would return that new length in a signed 32 bit integer variable, thus the length would get either just truncated or both truncated and turned negative. That could then lead to libcurl writing outside of its heap based buffer.

CVE-2016-8623 libcurl explicitly allows users to share cookies between multiple easy handles that are concurrently employed by different threads. When cookies to be sent to a server are collected, the matching function collects all cookies to send and the cookie lock is released immediately afterwards. That funcion however only returns a list with

*references* back to the original strings for name, value, path and so on. Therefore, if another thread quickly takes the lock and frees one of the original cookie structs together with its strings, a use-after-free can occur and lead to information disclosure. Another thread can also replace the contents of the cookies from separate HTTP responses or API calls.

CVE-2016-8624 curl doesn't parse the authority component of the URL correctly when the host name part ends with a '#' character, and could instead be tricked into connecting to a different host. This may have security implications if you for example use an URL parser that follows the RFC to check for allowed domains before using curl to request them.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 7.26.0-1+wheezy17.

We recommend that you upgrade your curl packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 94941

File Name: debian_DLA-711.nasl

Version: 2.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/18

Updated: 2018/10/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:curl, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl3, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl3-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl3-gnutls, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl3-nss, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl4-gnutls-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl4-nss-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcurl4-openssl-dev, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-8615, CVE-2016-8616, CVE-2016-8617, CVE-2016-8618, CVE-2016-8619, CVE-2016-8621, CVE-2016-8622, CVE-2016-8623, CVE-2016-8624