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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:26:52 +0100
From: Tomas Hoger <>
To: Steve Kemp <>
Subject: Re: CVE-Request - GNU Awk.

On Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:32:28 +0000 Steve Kemp wrote:

>   I reported two DoS bugs against GNU Awk to the debian
>  bug tracker recently, both of which are denial of service
>  attacks causing NULL-pointer deferences.
>   It would be useful to have a CVE identifiers assigned.

Why should these get a CVE?  As you state in one of your reports:

  While I appreciate that passing untrusted code to gawk is not a
  common thing to do, I do not believe that it should be possible to
  trigger a segfault though.

Why should that be considered a valid / safe use case at all?  If
something makes awk run untrusted programs, there's code execution
problem already:

  echo | awk '{ system("id") }'

Tomas Hoger / Red Hat Product Security

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