PostgreSQL 7.4.24/8.0.20/8.1.16/8.2.12/8.3.6 Error Message resource management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, was found in PostgreSQL 7.4.24/8.0.20/8.1.16/8.2.12/8.3.6 (Database Software). This affects an unknown code of the component Error Message Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-399. This is going to have an impact on availability. The summary by CVE is:

PostgreSQL before 8.3.7, 8.2.13, 8.1.17, 8.0.21, and 7.4.25 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (stack consumption and crash) by triggering a failure in the conversion of a localized error message to a client-specified encoding, as demonstrated using mismatched encoding conversion requests.

The bug was discovered 02/27/2009. The weakness was presented 03/17/2009 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2009-0922 since 03/17/2009. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. A authentication is needed for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 30175 (Solaris 10 (x86) : 136999-10 (deprecated)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Solaris Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 155768 (Oracle Enterprise Linux Update for PostgreSQL (ELSA-2009-1484)).

A possible mitigation has been published 3 years after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (49219) and Tenable (30175). See 50077 for similar entry.






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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 30175
Nessus Name: Solaris 10 (x86) : 136999-10 (deprecated)
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OpenVAS ID: 63661
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Core 9 FEDORA-2009-2927 (postgresql)
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Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2009-0922 (🔍)

X-Force: 49219
SecurityTracker: 1021860
Vulnerability Center: 21418 - PostgreSQL Mismatched Database Codepages within Conversion Functions Remote DoS Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 34090 - PostgreSQL Conversion Encoding Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability
Secunia: 34453 - Fedora update for postgresql, Less Critical
OSVDB: 54512 - CVE-2009-0922 - PostgreSQL - Denial of Service Issue
Vupen: ADV-2009-0767

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Created: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM
Updated: 08/31/2019 04:12 PM
Changes: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM (85), 08/31/2019 04:12 PM (4)
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