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Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 13:57:28 -0300
From: Gustavo Grieco <>
Subject: Read out-of-bounds parsing bash code in GNU Bash 4.3


We recently found a read out-of-bounds parsing bash code in GNU Bash
4.3. I tested this issue in Ubuntu 14.04.3 (x86_64) but other
configurations could be affected. To reproduce:

1. Recompile bash with ASAN:

  $ ./configure --without-bash-malloc CFLAGS="-fsanitize=address -g
-ggdb"  LDFLAGS="-fsanitize=address"
  $ make

(using valgrind will *not* expose this issue)

2. Execute:

$ echo 5RzxHp0o0qmZ | base64 -d | ./bash -n

==27143== ERROR: AddressSanitizer: heap-buffer-overflow on address
0x60040000b8b4 at pc 0x5614be bp 0x7fffffffcad0 sp 0x7fffffffcac8
READ of size 4 at 0x60040000b8b4 thread T0

Using gdb we can obtain a clear backtrace:

Program received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
0x00007ffff468fcc9 in __GI_raise (sig=sig@...ry=6) at
56    ../nptl/sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c: No existe el archivo o
el directorio.
(gdb) bt
#0  0x00007ffff468fcc9 in __GI_raise (sig=sig@...ry=6) at
#1  0x00007ffff46930d8 in __GI_abort () at abort.c:89
#2  0x00007ffff4e66829 in ?? () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
#3  0x00007ffff4e5d3ec in ?? () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
#4  0x00007ffff4e64012 in ?? () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
#5  0x00007ffff4e63121 in __asan_report_error () from
#6  0x00007ffff4e5d704 in __asan_report_load4 () from
#7  0x00000000005614be in ansic_wshouldquote (string=0x60040000b8d0
"ҩ\231") at strtrans.c:317
#8  0x000000000056152d in ansic_shouldquote (string=0x60040000b8d0
"ҩ\231") at strtrans.c:344
#9  0x0000000000440192 in report_syntax_error (message=0x0) at
#10 0x000000000043f7ed in yyerror (msg=0x5bb440 "syntax error") at
#11 0x000000000042cecd in yyparse () at
#12 0x0000000000423440 in parse_command () at eval.c:238
#13 0x0000000000423547 in read_command () at eval.c:282
#14 0x00000000004231aa in reader_loop () at eval.c:145
#15 0x000000000041f03c in main (argc=3, argv=0x7fffffffdfa8,
env=0x7fffffffdfc8) at shell.c:755

This issue was found using QuickFuzz. Please assign a CVE if suitable.


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