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Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:49:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: cve-assign@...re.org
To: cuoq@...st-in-soft.com
Cc: cve-assign@...re.org, oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: buffer overflow and information leak in OCaml < 4.03.0

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> OCaml versions 4.02.3 and earlier have a runtime bug that, on 64-bit
> platforms, causes sizes arguments to an internal memmove call to be
> sign-extended from 32 to 64-bits before being passed to the memmove
> function.
> 
> This leads arguments between 2GiB and 4GiB to be interpreted as larger
> than they are (specifically, a bit below 2^64), causing a buffer
> overflow.
> 
> Arguments between 4GiB and 6GiB are interpreted as 4GiB smaller than
> they should be, causing a possible information leak.
> 
> This commit fixes the bug:
> https://github.com/ocaml/ocaml/commit/659615c7b100a89eafe6253e7a5b9d84d0e8df74#diff-a97df53e3ebc59bb457191b496c90762
> The function caml_bit_string is called indirectly from such functions
> as String.copy. String.copy for instance is supposed to be a "safe"
> function for which OCaml's memory safety guarantees apply.

Use CVE-2015-8869.

(We consider this a single "to be sign-extended from 32 to 64" issue
even though there are two different types of impacts. Also, the
structure of the code change ("Int_val" replaced by "Long_val") is the
same everywhere. We did not consider it worthwhile to sort through the
possible "independently encountered" aspects as mentioned, for
example, in the
https://github.com/ocaml/ocaml/commit/659615c7b100a89eafe6253e7a5b9d84d0e8df74#commitcomment-14040616
comment.)

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