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Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:47:18 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
CC: Huzaifa Sidhpurwala <>,
        Agostino Sarubbo <>,
        "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: Wireshark multiple vulnerabilities

On 01/17/2012 12:46 AM, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala wrote:
> On 01/16/2012 01:19 AM, Kurt Seifried wrote:
>> I agree in principle, however in practice this is a lot of work (as you
>> well know =). I guess my question/concern would be is who does the
>> research to verify all this, and what if it varies by version (i.e. it
>> is 6 separate issues in an older version but the newer version combined
>> some code into a common library for example so it's only a single issue,
>> but with multiple avenues of attack/etc.). In other words a lot of
>> potential work.
> I did some research, with details available at:
> and
> In my opinion only 1 and 2 (ie ws bug 6663 and ws bug
> 6670) should be allocated a CVE.
> Others are application crashes.

Ok doke, so we already got CVE-2012-0041 Assigned for all of these. I
slightly re-ordered them from the info at and an irc chat to

Type-cast error: Caused because of casting unsigned to signed int (ws bug
6663). This leaves the app in an unstable state.
This is a type cast issue, caused because of casting an unsigned int to
In the unfixed version this would throw an exception which the application
would catch, but leave it in an unstable state. The patch makes sure
that the
value passed was less than G_MAXINT

Application crash/Dos because of trying to allocate too large a buffer size
(ws bug 6666, 6667, 6669).
5Views file format DoS due to request to allocate too large a buffer size.
Normally glib should terminate the application with something like
"GLib-ERROR **: gmem.c:239: failed to allocate 3221228094 bytes"
Resolved by clamping the value of packet_size

Same problem and solution but with i4b capture format now

Similar issue with netmon file format.

Integer underflow causing too large buffer to be allocated and a crash
(ws bug 6668).
Same problem and solution but with iptrace capture format. Also some
checks for
bad file format.

Memory corruption (buffer-overflow) when reading novell capture file
format. glibc however detects this and terminates the application (ws
bug 6670)
Similar issue with netmon file format.


So we already have one CVE assigned for all these, my thought would be
to use CVE-2012-0041 for the first one (6663) and assign new CVE's for
the rest. Comments/questions?


-- Kurt Seifried / Red Hat Security Response Team

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