VDB-109756 · CVE-2017-16899 · Qualys 170883

Xfig 3.2.6a fig2dev dev/gentikz.c array index

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Xfig 3.2.6a. This vulnerability affects an unknown part of the file dev/gentikz.c of the component fig2dev. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a array index vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-129. The product uses untrusted input when calculating or using an array index, but the product does not validate or incorrectly validates the index to ensure the index references a valid position within the array. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, and availability. CVE summarizes:

An array index error in the fig2dev program in Xfig 3.2.6a allows remote attackers to cause a denial-of-service attack or information disclosure with a maliciously crafted Fig format file, related to a negative font value in dev/gentikz.c, and the read_textobject functions in read.c and read1_3.c.

The bug was discovered 11/20/2017. The weakness was released 11/20/2017 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at bugs.debian.org. This vulnerability was named CVE-2017-16899 since 11/20/2017. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 105134 (Fedora 26 : 1:transfig (2017-b0b4cc40c1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 170883 (OpenSUSE Security Update for transfig (openSUSE-SU-2018:0498-1)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 3 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (105134). Entries connected to this vulnerability are available at VDB-51058, VDB-51059, VDB-55798 and VDB-212554.




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Class: Array index
CWE: CWE-129 / CWE-119

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Nessus ID: 105134
Nessus Name: Fedora 26 : 1:transfig (2017-b0b4cc40c1)
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OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for transfig FEDORA-2017-b0b4cc40c1
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Advisory: FEDORA-2017-b0b4cc40c1
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CVE: CVE-2017-16899 (🔍)
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Created: 11/21/2017 07:49 AM
Updated: 01/11/2023 08:18 AM
Changes: 11/21/2017 07:49 AM (71), 12/09/2019 08:52 AM (3), 01/11/2023 08:18 AM (4)
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