search menu icon-carat-right cmu-wordmark

CERT Coordination Center

CVS contains a heap overflow in the handling of flag insertion

Vulnerability Note VU#192038

Original Release Date: 2004-05-19 | Last Revised: 2004-07-13

Overview

A heap overflow vulnerability in the Concurrent Versions System (CVS) could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

CVS is a source code maintenance system that is widely used by open-source software development projects. There is a heap memory overflow vulnerability in the way CVS handles the insertion of modified and unchanged flags within entry lines. When processing an entry line, an additional byte of memory is allocated to flag the entry as modified or unchanged. There is a failure to check if a byte has been previously allocated for the flag, which creates an off-by-one buffer overflow. By calling a vulnerable function several times and inserting specific characters into the entry lines, a remote attacker could overwrite multiple blocks of memory. The CVS server process is commonly started by the Internet services daemon (inetd) and run with root privileges.

According to the e-matters security advisory, the following versions are affected:
CVS feature release <= 1.12.7
CVS stable release <= 1.11.15

Impact

An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code, execute commands, read sensitive information, or cause a denial of service. Any client with the ability to create entry lines could exploit this vulnerability. It is possible for an anonymous user with read-only access to exploit this vulnerability against a vulnerable server. In addition to compromising the system running CVS, there is a significant secondary impact in that source code maintained in CVS repositories could be modified to include trojan horses, backdoors, or other malicious code.

Solution

Apply a patch or upgrade

Apply the appropriate patch or upgrade as specified by your vendor. This issue has been resolved in Stable CVS Version 1.11.16 and CVS Feature Version 1.12.8.


Disable the CVS server

Until patches are available and can be applied, consider disabling the CVS server.

Block or restrict access

Block or restrict access to the CVS server from untrusted hosts and networks. The CVS server typically listens on 2401/tcp, but it may use another port or protocol.

Limit the CVS server privileges

    • Configure CVS server to run in a restricted (chroot) environment.
    • Run CVS servers with the minimum set of privileges required on the host file system.
    • Provide separate systems for development (write) and public/anonymous (read-only) CVS access.
    • Host public/anonymous CVS servers on single-purpose, secured systems.
Note that some of these workarounds will only limit the scope and impact of possible attacks.

Vendor Information

192038
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

CVS Home

Updated:  May 19, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please refer to the CVS Project News webpage containing information on CVS Feature Version 1.12.8 and Stable CVS Version 1.11.16.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

Debian

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-505.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

FreeBSD

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/advisories/FreeBSD-SA-04:10.cvs.asc.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

Gentoo

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200405-12.xml.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

MandrakeSoft

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.mandrakesoft.com/security/advisories?name=MDKSA-2004:048.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

OpenBSD

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.openbsd.org/errata.html#cvs2.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

OpenPKG

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.openpkg.org/security/OpenPKG-SA-2004.022-cvs.html.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

Red Hat Inc.

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2004-190.html.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

Slackware

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.slackware.com/security/viewer.php?l=slackware-security&y=2004&m=slackware-security.395865.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

SuSE Inc.

Updated:  May 26, 2004

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see http://www.suse.com/de/security/2004_13_cvs.html.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was reported by Stefan Esser of e-matters

This document was written by Damon Morda and Jason A Rafail, and is based on information contained in the e-matters security advisory

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0396
Severity Metric: 37.13
Date Public: 2004-05-19
Date First Published: 2004-05-19
Date Last Updated: 2004-07-13 14:22 UTC
Document Revision: 33

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.