Bug 246050 - Buffer overflows in fortune's strfile, unstr and randstr
Summary: Buffer overflows in fortune's strfile, unstr and randstr
Status: Closed FIXED
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: bin (show other bugs)
Version: CURRENT
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Only Me
Assignee: Mark Johnston
Depends on:
Reported: 2020-04-30 11:26 UTC by Shlomi Fish
Modified: 2020-08-17 12:45 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

See Also:

proposed patch for fortune and strfile (1.60 KB, patch)
2020-06-16 20:41 UTC, Akos Somfai
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Description Shlomi Fish 2020-04-30 11:26:31 UTC
Hi all!

There are some bufferoverflows at https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base/head/usr.bin/fortune/strfile/strfile.c?revision=316500&view=markup#l299 if *argv is long enough.

Here is a fix for fortune-mod:


When refactoring fortune-mod, which started as a fork of netbsd's fortune, and which I adopted, I found some buffer overflows and saw they were still present in freebsd's and netbsd's fortune. openbsd appears to have fixed them, and a netbsd developer fixed their copy after I reported it on freenode's #netbsd channel.

For more dicussion, and a reproducer:

* https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=26567

* https://github.com/shlomif/fortune-mod/commits/master
Comment 1 Conrad Meyer freebsd_committer 2020-04-30 16:45:47 UTC
A better fix would be 'svn rm usr.bin/fortune'.
Comment 2 Shlomi Fish 2020-05-03 14:29:50 UTC
An update: in addition, an integer overflow when calculating the percentages was found:


It may or may not be exploitable.
Comment 3 Akos Somfai 2020-06-16 20:41:33 UTC
Created attachment 215637 [details]
proposed patch for fortune and strfile

Fixing possible buffer overflow in strfile and integer overflow in fortune. Other files under fortune/ seem not affected by these problems.
Attaching patch.
Comment 4 Akos Somfai 2020-08-08 17:33:48 UTC
Anyone interested in commiting the patch?
Comment 5 commit-hook freebsd_committer 2020-08-10 17:02:39 UTC
A commit references this bug:

Author: markj
Date: Mon Aug 10 17:01:59 UTC 2020
New revision: 364083
URL: https://svnweb.freebsd.org/changeset/base/364083

  fortune, strfile: Improve validation of command-line arguments.

  - Avoid potential overflow when parsing a percentage.
  - Avoid truncation when copying file paths.

  PR:		246050
  Submitted by:	Akos Somfai <akos.somfai@gmail.com> (original)
  MFC after:	1 week

Comment 6 commit-hook freebsd_committer 2020-08-17 12:38:58 UTC
A commit references this bug:

Author: markj
Date: Mon Aug 17 12:38:35 UTC 2020
New revision: 364298
URL: https://svnweb.freebsd.org/changeset/base/364298

  MFC r364083:
  fortune, strfile: Improve validation of command-line arguments.

  PR:	246050

_U  stable/12/
Comment 7 Mark Johnston freebsd_committer 2020-08-17 12:45:10 UTC
Thanks for the patch.