Svgalib 1.2.10 zgv HOME memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in Svgalib 1.2.10. Affected by this issue is an unknown function of the component zgv. The manipulation of the argument HOME as part of a Environment Variable leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

buffer overflow in zgv in svgalib 1.2.10 and earlier allows local users to execute arbitrary code via a long home environment variable.

The weakness was released 06/19/1997 by KSR[T] as confirmed posting (Bugtraq). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-1999-1483. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack needs to be approached locally. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details as well as a public exploit are known.

A public exploit has been developed by BeastMaster V and been published 2 weeks after the advisory. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The exploit is available at

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at X-Force (3412).



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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: BeastMaster V
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Researcher: KSR[T]
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-1999-1483 (🔍)
X-Force: 3412
OSVDB: 11225 - SVGAlib zgv HOME Environment Variable Local Overflow

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Created: 06/18/2014 11:50 AM
Updated: 05/19/2018 09:49 AM
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