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RE: Firefox 0.92 DoS via TinyBMP
From: "Sapheriel" <sapheriel () wwwp de>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 06:25:14 +0200

what baffles me is how easily this problem could be countered. a simple
check of bfsize versus filesize(-header and such) would suffice. i suppose
you could implement a proximity algorithm to make the format more robust so
it doesn't break at the tinyest corruption. 

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To: Ali Campbell
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Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Firefox 0.92 DoS via TinyBMP

On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 10:12:40PM +0100, Ali Campbell wrote:
I agree when you say that it's probably a flaw in the BMP lib 
implementation. But as I've pointed out once already, Windows isn't 
the only afflicted platform:

You're correct, and I'm glad you did point this out, because it may
potentially affect many such implementations.

The April bugtraq advisory that I provided URL for earlier (and again [1])

"When a BMP file loaded into the Internet Explorer (for exmaple 'IMG' tag)
the internet explorer check the BMP image size written in BMP file, and then
allocate the necessary memory to itself for placing bmp image into the

Also see MSDN's explanation of bitmap file structure [2] for more details.

AFAICT, any program/library that allocates bfSize (in
BITMAPFILEHEADER) bytes of memory, without verifying that this resembles the
actual size of the bitmap file, will likely suffer from this problem in some
form or another. 

Why this was not figured out in the original advisory or this one is beyond
me; I have approximately zero experience as a bug-hunter and am mostly
ignorant to Windows internals.

What's more annoying is that the OP apparently just ripped off the PoC from
the original (incorrect) IE advisory, did not credit the finder, and
published it as a Firefox vulnerability.


[1] http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/360166


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