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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:59:26 +0000
From: Ramon de C Valle <>
To: Tomas Hoger <>, Murray McAllister <>
CC: "" <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: [ruby-core:63604] [ruby-trunk - Bug #10019]
 [Open] segmentation fault/buffer overrun in pack.c (encodes)

Hi Thomas, Murray,

On Jul 10, 2014, at 7:43 AM, Tomas Hoger <> wrote:

> On Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:45:10 +0000 Ramon de C Valle wrote:
>> I believe this should have a CVE assigned.
> Can you post more details of your analysis of the issue to clarify what
> the issue is here?
From, it seems that you’ve figured it out already. Correct me if I’m wrong but, for Base64, a value of 3072 for len isn’t enough to cause the off-by-one as the while loop will terminate with the value of len being zero (and the value of i being 4092). However, if the value of len is either is 3073* or 3074*, the while loop will terminate with the value of len being 1 or 2 respectively (and the value of i being 4092), with one of the subsequent if/else if conditions evaluating to true, resulting in the off-by-one.

I see you’ve checked the template strings used by aws-sdk gem and its dependencies and they use ‘m0’ only, which rules out the possibility this off-by-one being caused by any of these gems. So, now I’m also not sure what the reporter is referring to.

*It is possible to pass non multiple of 3 values as the len parameter of encodes function by passing a string with length smaller than the count (/ 3 * 3) passed in the template string (see

> -- 
> Tomas Hoger / Red Hat Security Response Team

Ramon de C Valle
VMware Product Security Engineering

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