PHP Buffer Overflow in Wordwrap() Function May Let Remote Users Crash the Server
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1005863|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1005863
(Links to External Site)
Date: Dec 27 2002
Denial of service via network, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): after 4.1.2 and before 4.3.0|
A buffer overflow vulnerability was reported in PHP. A remote user could cause the web service to crash or possibly execute arbitrary code.|
It is reported that a remote user can supply specially crafted input to an application that uses the wordwrap() function to trigger the overflow and overwrite the heap. According to the report, executing arbitrary code may be difficult, but possible.
A remote user can cause the web service to crash. A remote user may potentially be able to execute arbitrary code on the system.|
The vendor has released a fixed version (4.3.0), available at:|
Vendor URL: bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=20927 (Links to External Site)
Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)|
This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.|
Source Message Contents
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 16:43:44 -0500 (EST)|
Subject: Buffer overflow in PHP "wordwrap" function
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There is a buffer overflow in PHP's built-in "wordwrap" function
for PHP versions greater than 4.1.2 and less than 4.3.0.
Please see http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=20927 for details.
If you use the wordwrap() function on user-supplied input, a
specially-crafted input can overflow the allocated buffer and
overwrite the heap. Exploit looks very difficult, but still
Bug cause discovered: 10 Dec 2002
PHP team notified: 10 Dec 2002
Bug fixed in CVS: 12 Dec 2002
PHP 4.3.0 released: 27 Dec 2002
Kudos to the PHP team for their extremely rapid reaction.
Don't upgrade from 4.1.2 if you are certain there are no security problems
with your 4.1.2 setup and you may be vulnerable to the wordwrap() bug.
Otherwise, upgrade to 4.3.0
David F. Skoll
Roaring Penguin Software Inc. | http://www.roaringpenguin.com
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