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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:25:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: cve-assign@...re.org
To: pcheng@....com
Cc: cve-assign@...re.org, oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: CVE request: libgpf: use-after-free vulnerability in Decoder.cpp

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> An use-after-free issue in Decoder.cpp was reported to upstream. The
> problem is due to lack of validation of ColorTableSize.
> 
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1251749
> https://sourceforge.net/p/libpgf/code/147/
> https://sourceforge.net/p/libpgf/code/148/

We think you mean that a use-after-free can occur when the
http://sourceforge.net/p/libpgf/code/HEAD/tree/trunk/libpgf/INSTALL
instructions are followed. Use CVE-2015-6673.

https://sourceforge.net/p/libpgf/code/147/ seems to be a series of
changes for handling failed input validation by propagating an error
status, rather than by using assert calls. Typically these cases do
not have CVE IDs (see the
http://openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2014/11/28/8 post). When
writing a general-purpose open-source library, it is often best not to
rely on assert calls, because someone may not realize their role, and
may decide to adapt the library code and integrate it into their own
build process that uses NDEBUG.

There can be a CVE ID for behavior of a library with NDEBUG if any of
these are true:

  - the author doesn't provide build instructions

  - the build instructions always or sometimes use NDEBUG

  - there's other information suggesting that NDEBUG is acceptable
    (e.g., "all of the asserts are for impossible conditions that were
    only relevant during development")

  - the author intended to support use of NDEBUG

or possibly a few other similar conditions (e.g., end users would
reasonably guess that NDEBUG was acceptable based on the author's past
practices or on how the library is used).

- -- 
CVE assignment team, MITRE CVE Numbering Authority
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