VDB-101872 · CVE-2017-7511 · Qualys 196844

Poppler 0.17.3 pdfunite null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in Poppler 0.17.3 (Document Reader Software). This vulnerability affects an unknown functionality of the component pdfunite. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. As an impact it is known to affect availability. CVE summarizes:

poppler since version 0.17.3 has been vulnerable to NULL pointer dereference in pdfunite triggered by specially crafted documents.

The bug was discovered 04/23/2017. The weakness was disclosed 05/30/2017 as confirmed git commit (GIT Repository). The advisory is shared for download at cgit.freedesktop.org. This vulnerability was named CVE-2017-7511. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 37 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 100729 (Fedora 25 : mingw-poppler (2017-0ee7b8dd2a)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 196844 (Ubuntu Security Notification for Poppler Vulnerabilities (USN-3350-1)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at cgit.freedesktop.org. A possible mitigation has been published 2 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (100729).






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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404

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Nessus ID: 100729
Nessus Name: Fedora 25 : mingw-poppler (2017-0ee7b8dd2a)
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OpenVAS ID: 867773
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for poppler FEDORA-2017-690eedcf41
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Patch: cgit.freedesktop.org


04/05/2017 🔍
04/23/2017 +17045 days 🔍
05/30/2017 +37 days 🔍
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05/31/2017 +1 days 🔍
06/09/2017 +9 days 🔍
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12/07/2022 +2004 days 🔍


Advisory: FEDORA-2017-0ee7b8dd2a
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2017-7511 (🔍)


Created: 05/31/2017 08:16 AM
Updated: 12/07/2022 02:17 PM
Changes: 05/31/2017 08:16 AM (75), 05/25/2020 06:20 PM (3), 12/07/2022 02:17 PM (4)
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