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Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:35:06 +0200
From: Florian Weimer <>
To: Jeff Law <>
CC: Kurt Seifried <>,,
        Jan Lieskovsky <>,
        "Steven M. Christey" <>,
        Jakub Jelinek <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request -- glibc: strcoll() integer overflow
 leading to buffer overflow + another alloca() stack overflow issue (upstream
 #14547 && #14552)

On 09/07/2012 07:29 PM, Jeff Law wrote:

>>> If I have looked correctly this is expected / known behaviour of
>>> alloca() - from the manual page: [4]

> Just because it's known/expected behaviour doesn't mean it's not a
> potential attack vector.  Blowing out the stack is definitely a vector
> for attack:

I agree.  If the frame address leaks or can be deduced, an unbounded 
alloca (or VLA) can be abused as a POKE.  I think this might apply in 
this case because the writes to the allocated memory area are incremental.

Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security Team

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