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Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:01:14 +0200
From: Andrea Palazzo <>
To: Stanislav Malyshev <>,
Subject: Re: CVE Request + Advisory: PHP str_repeat() sign mismatch based
 memory corruption

Hi Stas,
while I agree on what you say about the huge memory allocation needed, I 
wouldn't say this requires the ability to run arbitrary code, 
controlling str_repeat() arguments it's enough to create a corrupted 
zval and injecting an eventual payload somewhere in memory (which, 
again, is unlikely but possible).
About code execution, I haven't had the chance to focus on actual 
exploitation yet (I surely will in the near future), but as you can see 
from the original report (, I 
pointed out several cases in which working on a so-crafted zval would 
lead to invalid memory access (with user controlled values as well), so 
I am pretty confident it is achievable.

On 18/05/2015 10:35, Stanislav Malyshev wrote:
> Hi!
>> Hi everyone,
>> this is intended as CVE Request and advisory for
> I do not think this requires a CVE as this needs specially crafted PHP
> script (i.e. local access or ability to run arbitrary PHP code) and
> memory settings allowing to allocate huge (>4G) values, which seems to
> be unlikely to happen on a common production system. I am not sure how
> remote code execution vector can be provided for this issue, if you have
> an example, please clarify.
> Thanks,

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