VDB-112261 · CVE-2018-5783 · BID 97296

PoDoFo 0.9.5 PDF File base/PdfVecObjects.h Reserve resource management

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A vulnerability has been found in PoDoFo 0.9.5 (Document Reader Software) and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is the function PoDoFo::PdfVecObjects::Reserve of the file base/PdfVecObjects.h of the component PDF File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-399. As an impact it is known to affect availability. The summary by CVE is:

In PoDoFo 0.9.5, there is an uncontrolled memory allocation in the PoDoFo::PdfVecObjects::Reserve function (base/PdfVecObjects.h). Remote attackers could leverage this vulnerability to cause a denial of service via a crafted pdf file.

The bug was discovered 01/18/2018. The weakness was released 01/19/2018 by Agostino Sarubbo (Website). The advisory is shared at bugzilla.redhat.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2018-5783 since 01/19/2018. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

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 120503 (Fedora 29 : mingw-podofo / podofo (2018-6b9320d9c9)), 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 172074 (SUSE Enterprise Linux Security Update for podofo (SUSE-SU-2019:0393-1)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 years after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (120503) and SecurityFocus (BID 97296†).






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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404

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Nessus ID: 120503
Nessus Name: Fedora 29 : mingw-podofo / podofo (2018-6b9320d9c9)
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Advisory: FEDORA-2018-6b9320d9c9
Researcher: Agostino Sarubbo
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2018-5783 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 97296 - podofo Null Pointer Dereference Denial of Service and Heap Based Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities


Created: 01/20/2018 01:33 PM
Updated: 02/02/2023 10:12 AM
Changes: 01/20/2018 01:33 PM (68), 12/25/2019 01:58 PM (10), 02/02/2023 10:05 AM (4), 02/02/2023 10:12 AM (1)
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