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Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:37:19 +0100
From: Luca Bruno <>
Subject: Review+CVE request: multiple issues in redis EVAL command (lua sandbox)

after earlier disclosure to (antirez) redis author, and upon agreement with him,
I've just reported via github three issues related to the redis EVAL command 
and its LUA sandbox.
Those include:
 * sandbox subverting via global environment manipulation
 * crash via assertion hitting (related to the above issue)
 * integer overflow / stack-based buffer overflow in embedded lua_struct.c

I would like to get some review/feedback on those, and (if deemed worthy)
CVEs assigned.
For some background, [0] was the public part of the discussion and [1] a recent
post by upstream author on redis security (his post came just after private

For detailed reference, these are the issues reported:

1) Ineffective whitelisting allows for global environment manipulation

   Redis lua sandbox is whitelist-based, and some of the exposed functions
   allow for global environment manipulation. This make easier to bypass parts
   of the sandbox (eg. the "strict lua" mode) and to cause other internal
   state de-sync.

2) Reliable remote crash via assertion hitting

   Manipulating the lua global environment, it is possible to de-sync lua/redis
   internal state, and reliably trigger a DoS/crash by hitting an assertion.
   Reproducer attached to the bug report.

3) Integer overflow (leading to stack-based buffer overflow) in embedded lua_struct.c

   Input parsing code in lua_struct.c suffers of Integer Overflow and
   int/size_t confusion, allowing for crafted EVAL command to trigger a stack-based
   buffer overflow with (limited) user-controlled writes.
   Reproducer attached to the bug report.

Ciao, Luca

Luca Bruno (kaeso)
 Security Engineer
 Rocket Internet SE
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