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Re: GnuPG 1.4 and 2.0 buffer overflow
From: Damien Miller <djm () mindrot org>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 23:10:58 +1100 (EST)

On Mon, 27 Nov 2006, Werner Koch wrote:

            GnuPG 1.4 and 2.0 buffer overflow

The code in question has been introduced on July 1, 1999 and is a
pretty obvious bug.  make_printable_string is supposed to replace
possible dangerous characters from a prompt and returns a malloced
string.  Thus this string may be longer than the orginal one; the
buffer for the prompt has only be allocated at the size of the original
string - oops.  Note, that using snprintf would not have helped in
this case.  How I wish C-90 had introduced asprintf or at least it
would be available on more platforms.

I think that this is a classic case of a security problem introduced
by attempting to code for the "lowest common denominator" rather than
picking the best API (or the one most conducive to security) and coding
to that.

Why not just pull an asprintf() implementation into gnupg? You can get a
free (MIT licensed) one from OpenSSH's portability code, and I'm sure it
is not the only one.


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