VDB-106319 · CVE-2017-14225 · BID 100704

FFmpeg 3.3.3 libavutil/pixdesc.c avcodec_string null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in FFmpeg 3.3.3 (Multimedia Processing Software). This issue affects the function avcodec_string of the file libavutil/pixdesc.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to 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. Impacted is availability. The summary by CVE is:

The av_color_primaries_name function in libavutil/pixdesc.c in FFmpeg 3.3.3 may return a NULL pointer depending on a value contained in a file, but callers do not anticipate this, as demonstrated by the avcodec_string function in libavcodec/utils.c, leading to a NULL pointer dereference. (It is also conceivable that there is security relevance for a NULL pointer dereference in av_color_primaries_name calls within the ffprobe command-line program.)

The bug was discovered 09/08/2017. The weakness was shared 09/09/2017 by Venustech (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at securityfocus.com. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2017-14225 since 09/08/2017. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 103289 (openSUSE Security Update : ffmpeg / ffmpeg2 (openSUSE-2017-1067)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 170365 (OpenSUSE Security Update for ffmpeg, ffmpeg2 (openSUSE-SU-2017:2502-1)).

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

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (103289). The entries 106022, 106023, 106024 and 106025 are related to this item.






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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 103289
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : ffmpeg / ffmpeg2 (openSUSE-2017-1067)
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Patch: github.com


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Product: ffmpeg.org

Advisory: 837cb4325b712ff1aab531bf41668933f61d75d2
Researcher: AD-lab (Venustech)
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2017-14225 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 100704 - FFmpeg 'libavutil/pixdesc.c' NULL pointer Dereference Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 09/10/2017 07:04 PM
Updated: 12/28/2022 09:34 AM
Changes: 09/10/2017 07:04 PM (71), 11/14/2019 11:26 AM (11), 01/11/2021 02:15 PM (2), 12/28/2022 09:34 AM (4)
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