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Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:34:54 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
CC: Jan Lieskovsky <>,
        "Steven M. Christey" <>,,
        Debian Security Team <>,
        Paul Wise <>, Joerg Reisenweber <>,
        Christopher Aillon <>,
        Remi Collet <>,
        Jonathan Blandford <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request (two ids) -- Xchat-WDK (prior 1499-4
 [2012-01-18]) and Xchat-v2.8.6 on Maemo architecture -- Heap-based buffer
 overflow by processing UTF-8 line from server containing characters outside

On 02/01/2012 03:55 AM, Jan Lieskovsky wrote:
> Hello Kurt, Steve, Viktor, vendors,
>   a heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way xchat,
> graphical IRC
> chat client, processed one line of text received from the server, when
> the text
> contained Unicode characters and some of the characters were outside of the
> Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). A remote attacker could provide a
> specially-crafted Unicode string as a xchat channel or private message,
> which
> once processed would lead to denial of service (xchat client crash), or,
> potentially arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user
> running
> xchat client.
> This issue has been successfully reproduced on Xchat-WDK versions prior to:
> * 1499-4 (2012-01-18)
>     add Non-BMP plugin to avoid client crashes
> version. Also Joerg Reisenweber reports, this deficiency to have been
> exploited
> in the past on Xchat-v2.8.6 versions, as being used on Maemo architecture.
> The following Linux based xchat versions have been investigated against
> presence
> of this issue:
> * xchat-v2.6.6,
> * xchat-v2.8.6,
> * xchat-v2.8.8
> on various architectures (i386, x86_64, ppc64) with various versions of
> gtk2 library:
> * gtk-v2.10.4,
> * gtk-v2.18.9,
> * gtk-v2.24.7,
> * gtk-v2.14.7
> and presence of this flaw has not been observed on those Linux versions,
> which makes
> us think it is some Microsoft Windows 7 / Maemo architecture specific
> feature, which
> makes this issue to be visible on those Xchat derivatives.
> References:
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> Xchat-WDK upstream changelog:
> [5]
>     part:
>     * 1499-4 (2012-01-18)
>     add Non-BMP plugin to avoid client crashes
> Particular Xchat-WDK upstream patch:
> [6]
> Could you allocate two CVE ids for these flaws? (assuming two ids are
> necessary, because Xchat-WDK for MS Windows 7 case and Xchat-v2.8.6 for
> Maemo case can / should be considered as different source code bases).
> Steve, please advise if one id is sufficient or two should be used?

Yeah, took a quick look, to quote the XChat-WDK site:

XChat is an IRC chat program. It allows you to join multiple IRC
channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private
one-on-one conversations etc.

XChat-WDK is a patchset for XChat SVN which allows for building on
Windows using the Windows Driver Kit. This results in binaries usable
across all versions of Windows starting from XP (read why).

So that sounds like a limited fork, so basically the same code base,
Additionally the same fix applies to both xchat and xchat-WDK,
indicating the code is basically the same so I'll assign a single CVE
for it.

Please use CVE-2012-0828 for this issue.

> Also, for the Xchat-WDK case it looks that v1499-6 corrected the issue
> for channel messages, but the issue is still present for 'private messages'
> case:
> [7]
> [8]
> [9]
> Though this assumption needs to be verified / confirmed yet.
> Viktor, could you please confirm or disprove it?
> If that assumption would have shown as valid, a third CVE identifier
> would need to be assigned yet for the incomplete Xchat-WDK v1499-6
> fix yet (addressing the issue for 'channel messages' case, but not
> for 'private messages' case).
> Thank you && Regards, Jan.
> -- 
> Jan iankko Lieskovsky / Red Hat Security Response Team

Kurt Seifried Red Hat Security Response Team (SRT)

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