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Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2024 23:00:19 +0200
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: vte 0.76.3 released with fix for CVE-2024-37535

On Sun, Jun 09, 2024 at 11:26:33AM -0700, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> states:
> >GNOME VTE before 0.76.3 allows an attacker to cause a denial of service 
> >(memory consumption) via a window resize escape sequence, a related issue
> >to CVE-2000-0476.
> explains further:
> >The ANSI escape sequence "e[4;;t" can be used to resize the terminal
> >window, where "" is the height and ""is the width. By providing a
> >large number such as 65535 for both values will lead to a local denial
> >of service, where the whole machine can be frozen.
> >
> >This same vulnerability found was in XTerm back in 2000. The CVE for
> >the vulnerability in XTerm is CVE-2000-0476
> >
> >Steps to reproduce:
> >
> >    Open gnome-terminal
> >    Execute printf "e[4;65535;65535t" in the terminal

The above command is missing its backslash.  This triggers a crash:

printf '\e[4;65535;65535t'

and so does this:

printf '\e[8;65535;65535t'

The latter is a different escape sequence that accepts the sizes in
different units.  I hope the fix covers both, but I didn't review nor
test it - I hope someone does and posts in here.


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