BibTeX - '.bib' File Handling Memory Corruption

EDB-ID:

10203


Platform:

Linux

Published:

2009-11-13

Bugtraq ID: 34332
Class: Failure to Handle Exceptional Conditions

Published: Apr 01 2009 12:00AM
Updated: Nov 13 2009 03:46PM
Credit: Vincent Lafevre
Vulnerable: RedHat Linux 2.1
RedHat Fedora 9 0
RedHat Fedora 11
RedHat Fedora 10
RedHat Enterprise Linux WS 5
RedHat Enterprise Linux WS 4
RedHat Enterprise Linux WS 3
RedHat Enterprise Linux WS 2.1 IA64
RedHat Enterprise Linux WS 2.1
RedHat Enterprise Linux ES 4
RedHat Enterprise Linux ES 3
RedHat Enterprise Linux ES 2.1 IA64
RedHat Enterprise Linux ES 2.1
RedHat Enterprise Linux Desktop Workstation 5 client
RedHat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5 client
RedHat Enterprise Linux AS 4
RedHat Enterprise Linux AS 3
RedHat Enterprise Linux AS 2.1 IA64
RedHat Enterprise Linux AS 2.1
RedHat Enterprise Linux Desktop version 4
Debian Linux 5.0 sparc
Debian Linux 5.0 s/390
Debian Linux 5.0 powerpc
Debian Linux 5.0 mipsel
Debian Linux 5.0 mips
Debian Linux 5.0 m68k
Debian Linux 5.0 ia-64
Debian Linux 5.0 ia-32
Debian Linux 5.0 hppa
Debian Linux 5.0 armel
Debian Linux 5.0 arm
Debian Linux 5.0 amd64
Debian Linux 5.0 alpha
Debian Linux 5.0
Debian Linux 4.0 sparc
Debian Linux 4.0 s/390
Debian Linux 4.0 powerpc
Debian Linux 4.0 mipsel
Debian Linux 4.0 mips
Debian Linux 4.0 m68k
Debian Linux 4.0 ia-64
Debian Linux 4.0 ia-32
Debian Linux 4.0 hppa
Debian Linux 4.0 armel
Debian Linux 4.0 arm
Debian Linux 4.0 amd64
Debian Linux 4.0 alpha
Debian Linux 4.0
BibTeX BibTeX 0

BibTeX is prone to a memory-corruption vulnerability because it fails to properly handle excessively large '.bib' files.

Remote attackers may leverage this issue to cause denial-of-service conditions. Given the nature of this issue, attackers may also be able to execute code, but this has not been confirmed.

NOTE: BibTeX may be shipped with various packages, such as TeTeX or TexLive, that may also be vulnerable. 


Exploit-DB Mirror: https://github.com/offensive-security/exploitdb-bin-sploits/raw/master/bin-sploits/10203.tar.bz2 (2009-11-22-bibtex-crash.tar.bz2)