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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:10:54 +0100
From: Pierre Schweitzer <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: denial of service in suricata

So, here to have an attack possible, it would require to send gzipped
traffic (as expressed in the bug report) and to "hope" that zlib somehow
fails in the process (due to low memory situation or to old zlib) with
Z_STREAM_ERROR, so that we have cascade with a NULL pointer being
propagated so that there's a segfault?

Or am I wrong with my scenario?

On 12/12/2014 02:02 PM, Victor Julien wrote:
> On 12/12/2014 01:56 PM, Pierre Schweitzer wrote:
>> It appears, looking at bug #1272 [1] in Suricata, that it was
>> possible to crash Suricata with specific packets due to a bug in
>> the libhtp (which got fixed with libhtp 0.5.16).
>> It got fixed with the release 2.0.5 from Suricata.
>> Was a CVE already assigned to this issue? Otherwise can a CVE be
>> assigned?
>> With my best regards,
>> [1]:
> To our knowledge this couldn't be triggered by specific traffic
> conditions. Rather it seemed to be an issue when:
> - older zlib versions were used that didn't always setup properly for
> a reason unknown to us
> OR
> - extreme memory pressure (malloc's failing)
> Cheers,
> Victor

Pierre Schweitzer <>
System & Network Administrator
Senior Kernel Developer
ReactOS Deutschland e.V.

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