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Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:26:38 +0200
From: Tavis Ormandy <>
To: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: OpenSSL ASN1 BIO vulnerability (CVE-2012-2110)

On Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 07:44:56PM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> With this one, I am able to trigger a problem on 32-bit (OpenSSL 1.0.0d
> with unrelated patches):
> $ zcat openssl-1.0.1-testcase-32bit.crt.gz | openssl x509 -inform DER
> *** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x45ff0008 ***
> Aborted
> That's in an OpenVZ container with privvmpages barrier at 3 GB.
> With 2 GB, I was getting:
> $ zcat openssl-1.0.1-testcase-32bit.crt.gz | openssl x509 -inform DER
> unable to load certificate
> 3083651232:error:07069041:memory buffer routines:BUF_MEM_grow_clean:malloc failure:buffer.c:152:
> 3083651232:error:0D06B041:asn1 encoding routines:ASN1_D2I_READ_BIO:malloc failure:a_d2i_fp.c:229:
> Alexander

Interesting, I think it should be possible to construct a testcase that
requires less memory, the total input must be quite large, but it can
be split into smaller components that don't require large allocations.


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