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Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:39:40 -0400
From: Daniel Kahn Gillmor <>
Subject: CVE-request: apache's mod-fcgid does not respect configured FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass
 in VirtualHost

Version 2.3.6 of mod-fcgid (the current published version from ASF 
according to [0]) has a known problem that FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass 
directives are not honored when they appear inside a VirtualHost stanza.

This is presents a risk for a denial of service because it means that a 
remote attacker can violate the intent of the admin and overwhelm the 
server running fcgid.

Could a CVE be assigned for this vulnerability?

If the admin declares that a given virtualhost should be limited to X 
fastcgi processes (often in order to constrain RAM usage by the vhost), 
any remote user can issue X+1 (or 10X, or whatever) concurrent GET 
requests, which defeats the documented limit, and can result in heavy 
swap or the oom-killer, which can cause a DoS on other services on the host.

This bug has been fixed since the release of 2.3.6 in upstream's svn 
(r1037727 of 
with a narrowly-targeted one-line patch:

--- modules/fcgid/fcgid_spawn_ctl.c	(revision 1037726)
+++ modules/fcgid/fcgid_spawn_ctl.c	(revision 1037727)
@@ -178,7 +178,7 @@
          if (current_node->inode == command->inode
              && current_node->deviceid == command->deviceid
              && !strcmp(current_node->cmdline, command->cmdline)
-            && current_node->vhost_id == sconf->vhost_id
+            && current_node->vhost_id == command->vhost_id
              && current_node->uid == command->uid
              && current_node->gid == command->gid)

But this patch hasn't made it to any released version.

Debian has plans to release a Debian Security Advisory for the issue and 
will resolve it with the above patch.

This problem is also documented at:




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