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Date: Mon, 27 May 2024 12:31:46 +0200
From: Florian Weimer <>
To: Charles Fol <>
Subject: Re: The GNU C Library security advisories update for
 2024-04-17: GLIBC-SA-2024-0004/CVE-2024-2961: ISO-2022-CN-EXT: fix
 out-of-bound writes when writing escape sequence

* Charles Fol:

> Hello all,
> Although very late, here is a follow up explaining the impact of the
> vulnerability.
> Provided that you can force an application to convert a partially
> controlled buffer to ISO-2022-CN-EXT, you get an
> overflow of 1 to 3 bytes whose value you don't control.
> This can be triggered in at least two ways in PHP:
> - Through direct calls to iconv()
> - Through the use of PHP filters (i.e. using a "file read" vulnerability)
> Due to the way PHP's heap is built, you can use such a memory
> corruption to alter part of a free list pointer,
> which can in turn give you an arbitrary write primitive in the
> program's memory.
> With this bug, any person that has a file read vulnerability with a
> controlled prefix on a PHP application has RCE.

Out of curiosity, why would PHP translate a file to ISO-2022-CN-EXT
while reading it?  It's not even an ASCII-transparent charset.


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