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patch Re: [PkC] Advisory #003: micq-0.4.6 remote buffer overflow
From: Seva Gluschenko <gvs () RINET RU>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 19:04:12 +0300

Message from recidjvo at Jan 18 10:01 in parts:

Here the patch follows.
The quoting is issued just to keep problem description.

r>         - Vulnerable program: micq-0.4.6 (Matt's ICQ clone). Maybe others.
r>         - Tested on: Linux/ix86 (Slackware 7.1 - RedHat 6.1)
r>
r>         - Advisory author: tHE rECIdjVO <recidjvo () pkcrew org>
r>         - Group: Packet Knights (http://www.pkcrew.org/)
r>
r>         - Date of release: 01/18/2000
r>
r>         - Problems: Remote buffer overflow
r>                     Local buffer overflow (not dangerous if not suid)

[skip]

r>         - Summary:
r>                 micq-0.4.6 is one of the best ICQ emulator for linux console.
r>         There is a buffer overflow in sprintf() in icq_response.c in function
r>         Do_Msg() at line 879, that allows to a remote attacker able to sniff
r>         packets to ICQ server to execute arbitrary code on the victim system.
r>         There is a local buffer overflow, too.
r>         If you send an URL message with a too large description, the program
r>         receives a SIGSEGV.

[skip]

r>         [ ... snip ... icq_response.c ... snip ... ]
r>
r>         The buffer overflow is due to a malicious URL message sent by the
r>         server. The client reads 1024 bytes from the UDP socket, trim the
r>         message headers and split the remaining data in the 1024 bytes
r>         url_data and url_desc, recombining in the message char buffer, adding
r>         about fifty digits. Because of the url_data is 1024 bytes long, this
r>         instruction can be used to overwrite the return address of the function
r>         and execute arbitrary code on the client machine.

r>         - Solution:
r>         A simple patch can be to increase the message buffer size up to 50
r>         bytes. I've not tested if there are others problem fixin' in that way.
r>         I tryed to alert the micq author (Matt Smith), but homepage is out of
r>         order and email is unexistant.

Three different sources said that Matt is dead after car crash %(.

r> --
r> tHE rECIdjVO
r> Member of the Packet Knights
r> http://www.pkcrew.org/

So, here is the patch. It is very simple and somehow system dependant:
you need snprintf/vsnprintf to have it working. I've grepped sprintf
through the sources and replaced any possible overflow occurence:

========= cut micq-0.4.6.snprintf.diff ===============================
--- micq-0.4.6/icq_response.c.orig      Wed Jan 24 18:49:09 2001
+++ micq-0.4.6/icq_response.c   Wed Jan 24 18:50:11 2001
@@ -724,7 +724,7 @@
 {
    char *tmp;
        int   x,m;
-   char message[1024];
+   char message[1074];
    char url_data[1024];
    char url_desc[1024];

@@ -876,7 +876,7 @@
       char_conv ("wc",data);
       strcpy (url_data,data);

-      sprintf (message,"Description: %s \n                          URL: %s",url_desc,url_data);
+      snprintf (message, sizeof(message), "Description: %s \n                          URL: %s",url_desc,url_data);
       if ( UIN2nick( uin ) != NULL )
          log_event( uin, LOG_MESS, "You received URL message from %s\n%s\n", UIN2nick(uin), message );
       else
--- micq-0.4.6/sendmsg.c.orig   Wed Jan 24 18:35:17 2001
+++ micq-0.4.6/sendmsg.c        Wed Jan 24 18:38:51 2001
@@ -975,9 +975,9 @@

 void icq_sendurl( SOK_T sok, DWORD uin, char *description, char *url )
 {
-   char buf[450];
+   char buf[500];

-   sprintf( buf, "%s\xFE%s", url, description );
+   snprintf( buf, sizeof(buf), "%s\xFE%s", url, description );
    icq_sendmsg( sok, uin, buf, URL_MESS );
 }

--- micq-0.4.6/util_ui.c.orig   Wed Jan 24 18:41:01 2001
+++ micq-0.4.6/util_ui.c        Wed Jan 24 18:43:19 2001
@@ -102,7 +102,7 @@
    assert( 2048 >= strlen( str ) );

    va_start( args, str );
-   vsprintf( buf, str, args );
+   vsnprintf( buf, sizeof(buf), str, args );
    k = write( fd, buf, strlen( buf ) );
    if ( k != strlen( buf ) )
    {
@@ -292,7 +292,7 @@

    va_start( args, str );
 #ifndef CURSES_UI
-   vsprintf( buf, str, args );
+   vsnprintf( buf, sizeof(buf), str, args );
    str2 = buf;
    while ( (void *) NULL != ( str1 = strchr( str2, '\x1b' ) ) )
    {
========= cut micq-0.4.6.snprintf.diff ===============================

I've prepared also a little patch for micq messaging system to
increase it readability in parts - well, I did not succeed to contact
Matt then... Use it if you like to

========= cut micq-queued.diff ===============================
--- micq-0.4.6/msg_queue.c.orig Thu Oct 12 14:11:40 2000
+++ micq-0.4.6/msg_queue.c      Thu Oct 12 14:12:30 2000
@@ -139,9 +139,9 @@
            }
           if ( Chars_2_Word( &queued_msg->body[CMD_OFFSET] ) == CMD_SENDM ) {
                R_undraw();
-               M_print( MESSAGE_SENT_1_STR );
+               M_print( MESSAGE_QUEUED_1_STR );
                Print_UIN_Name( Chars_2_DW( &queued_msg->body[PAK_DATA_OFFSET] ) );
-               M_print( MESSAGE_SENT_2_STR );
+               M_print( MESSAGE_QUEUED_2_STR );
                R_redraw();
            }
            free(queued_msg->body);
--- micq-0.4.6/english.h.orig   Thu Oct 12 14:08:27 2000
+++ micq-0.4.6/english.h        Thu Oct 12 14:11:26 2000
@@ -283,6 +283,8 @@
 /* will hopefully solve any potential word order problems */
 #define MESSAGE_SENT_1_STR  "Message sent to "
 #define MESSAGE_SENT_2_STR  "!\n"
+#define MESSAGE_QUEUED_1_STR "Queued message for "
+#define MESSAGE_QUEUED_2_STR "... "

 /********************************************************************/
 /* Simple Yes no response*/
--- micq-0.4.6/russian.h.orig   Thu Oct 12 14:09:01 2000
+++ micq-0.4.6/russian.h        Thu Oct 12 14:10:56 2000
@@ -283,6 +283,8 @@
 /* will hopefully solve any potential word order problems */
 #define MESSAGE_SENT_1_STR  "Сообщение ушло "
 #define MESSAGE_SENT_2_STR  "!\n"
+#define MESSAGE_QUEUED_1_STR "Сообщение для "
+#define MESSAGE_QUEUED_2_STR "поставлено в очередь... "

 /********************************************************************/
 /* Simple Yes no response*/
@@ -391,6 +393,8 @@
 /* will hopefully solve any potential word order problems */
 #define MESSAGE_SENT_1_STR  "Сообщение ушло "
 #define MESSAGE_SENT_2_STR  "\n"
+#define MESSAGE_QUEUED_1_STR "Сообщение для "
+#define MESSAGE_QUEUED_2_STR "поставлено в очередь... "

 /********************************************************************/
 /* Simple Yes no response*/
========= cut micq-queued.diff ===============================

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