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Date:  Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:27:59 -0600
From:  Raphael Geissert <>
Subject:  Re: Re: CVE Request -- PHP 5 - 5.2.11

Tomas Hoger wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Oct 2009 18:47:15 -0500 Raphael Geissert wrote:
>> > Name: CVE-2009-3291
>> > 
>> > The php_openssl_apply_verification_policy function in PHP before
>> > 5.2.11 does not properly perform certificate validation, which has
>> > unknown impact and attack vectors, probably related to an ability to
>> > spoof certificates.
>> Yes, seems to be related to an improper handling of \0 in the CN
>> field.
> Agree.  This change, however, seems to have a minimal impact on today's
> real world PHP applications.  Certificate verification is not enabled by
> default and there seem to be very few applications that actually enable
> it.  I have some notes in:

I see, thanks, I had not noticed that. 

>> > Name: CVE-2009-3292
>> >
>> > Unspecified vulnerability in PHP before 5.2.11 has unknown impact
>> > and attack vectors related to "missing sanity checks around exif
>> > processing."
>> It is related to missing sanity checks when determining the length of
>> sections of jpg headers and a missing limit on the nesting level of
>> TIFF files.
> There are 3 changes in the upstream path:
> - missing header length check, with similar impact as CVE-2009-2687 in
>   the worst case
> - missing nesting level checks for TIFFs, crafted file can lead to deep
>   recursion exhausting stack memory resulting in rather harmless crash
> - missing EOF checks, possibly leading to NULL deref or PHP memory
>   limit exception

You are right, I forgot about the missing EOF checks.

It would be great if the descriptions of the CVEs were updated to make them
reflect the known information about the issues.

Raphael Geissert - Debian Developer -

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