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Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:03:41 -0500 (EST)
To: Huzaifa Sidhpurwala <>
        Mitre CVE assign department <>
Subject: Re: GHOST gethostbyname() heap overflow in glibc

On Wed, 28 Jan 2015, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala wrote:

> On 01/27/2015 11:35 PM, Florian Weimer wrote:
>> * Marek Kroemeke:
>>> We just noticed CVE-2015-0235 , and we thought we will drop this one
>>> in - apologies for low quality , we didn't really have time yet to
>>> analyse it, but it seems to be related, so it makes sense to patch
>>> things once right ?
>> It's not related, and we cannot patch it at the same time because
>> packages for the gethostbyname issue are already ready, they just have
>> to be released.  (When we change critical system components, we also
>> need to be extra-careful with testing, which takes time.)
>> Andreas Schwab fixed this in 2011:
>>   <;a=commitdiff;h=2e96f1c7>
>> If I'm not mistaken, this commit when into glibc 2.15.
>> I have not yet found the corresponding glibc bug (if it exists).
>> The bug only materializes if the getaddrinfo functions is called with
>> the AI_IDN flag, and if glibc has been compiled with libidn support
>> (but I haven't checked if you can switch that off these days).
> This is a new flaw, can you please assign a CVE id to this?
> Thanks!
> -- 
> Huzaifa Sidhpurwala / Red Hat Product Security Team

Use CVE-2012-6686 for "unbound alloca use in glob_in_dir" as covered by 
Red Hat Bugzilla ID 797096.

How is 797096 related to the 2e96f1c7 commit?  The 2e96f1c7 commit does 
not appear to be directly related to alloca usage; it concentrates on 
setting "malloc_name = true" in gaih_inet().  However, a submitted patch 
for Bugzilla 797096 
performs includes much more extensive changes to gaih_inet(), modifies 
other functions, and omits the "name = p;" logic that is used in 2e96f1c7.

Also, 797096 is marked as "closed" and points to RHBA-2013:0022-2, which 
references CVE-2013-4357, which is RH Bug 1009643, which says "glibc: 
stack overflow in getaddrinfo()'s use of alloca()."


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