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Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2024 19:00:02 -0400
From: Demi Marie Obenour <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2024-28085: Escape sequence injection in
 util-linux wall

On Wed, Mar 27, 2024 at 10:30:41PM +0100, Jakub Wilk wrote:
> While looking through upstream git for a fix for this┬╣, I stumbled upon
> another write(1)/wall(1) control character injection vulnerability,
> introduced last year in util-linux v2.39.
> The offending commits are:
> *
>   ("write: correctly handle wide characters")
> *
>   ("wall: use fputs_careful()")
> The added comment says:
> > The locale of the recipient is nominally unknown,
> > but it's a solid bet that the encoding is compatible with the author's.
> Alas the bet is not that solid when writer's locale encoding is controlled
> by an attacker.
> We can exploit this against terminal emulators that recognize C1 control
> characters, such as Linux VTs or screen(1):
>    $ printf '\302\23331mMOO\302\2330m\n' | LC_ALL=kk_KZ wall
> I don't see any good way to fix this on the util-linux's side. It should be
> fixed on the terminal emulators' side by disabling C1 support.
> ┬╣
>   ("wall: fix escape sequence Injection [CVE-2024-28085]")

Would enforcing UTF-8 validity (regardless of user locale) be a
Demi Marie Obenour (she/her/hers)
Invisible Things Lab

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