libming 0.4.8 util/read.c readEncUInt30 null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability was found in libming 0.4.8 (Programming Tool Software). It has been declared as problematic. This vulnerability affects the function readEncUInt30 of the file util/read.c. 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.

The bug was discovered 06/23/2017. The weakness was released 06/28/2017 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2017-9988 since 06/27/2017. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 5 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 104679 (Debian DLA-1176-1 : ming security update), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 277251 (Fedora Security Update for ming (FEDORA-2018-38a0e1e6f5)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 6 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (104679). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at 102887, 104593, 104612 and 104613.






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.9
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.8

VulDB Base Score: 5.3
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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 104679
Nessus Name: Debian DLA-1176-1 : ming security update
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OpenVAS ID: 864834
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for ming FEDORA-2018-38a0e1e6f5
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06/23/2017 🔍
06/27/2017 +4 days 🔍
06/28/2017 +1 days 🔍
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11/18/2017 +143 days 🔍
11/20/2017 +2 days 🔍
12/09/2022 +1845 days 🔍


Advisory: 85
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2017-9988 (🔍)
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Created: 06/28/2017 04:39 PM
Updated: 12/09/2022 11:59 AM
Changes: 06/28/2017 04:39 PM (73), 10/21/2019 07:53 AM (3), 12/09/2022 11:52 AM (4), 12/09/2022 11:59 AM (1)
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