Apache POI up to 3.8 UnhandledDataStructure resource management

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in Apache POI. Affected by this vulnerability is the function UnhandledDataStructure. 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:

The UnhandledDataStructure function in hwpf/model/UnhandledDataStructure.java in Apache POI 3.8 and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (OutOfMemoryError exception and possibly JVM destabilization) via a crafted length value in a Channel Definition Format (CDF) or Compound File Binary Format (CFBF) document.

The weakness was disclosed 08/07/2012 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at wiki.mageia.org. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2012-0213 since 12/14/2011. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 12/07/2021).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 74631 (openSUSE Security Update : jakarta-poi (openSUSE-SU-2012:0654-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks.

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 databases at X-Force (75558), Vulnerability Center (SBV-35199) and Tenable (74631).





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

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 74631
Nessus Name: openSUSE Security Update : jakarta-poi (openSUSE-SU-2012:0654-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 71348
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 2468-1 (libjakarta-poi-java)
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12/14/2011 🔍
05/10/2012 +148 days 🔍
05/10/2012 +0 days 🔍
05/11/2012 +1 days 🔍
05/29/2012 +18 days 🔍
08/07/2012 +70 days 🔍
08/07/2012 +0 days 🔍
06/13/2014 +675 days 🔍
03/23/2015 +283 days 🔍
12/07/2021 +2451 days 🔍


Vendor: apache.org

Advisory: dsa-2468
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2012-0213 (🔍)

X-Force: 75558
Vulnerability Center: 35199 - Apache POI Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability via Crafted Request, Medium
SecurityFocus: 53487 - Apache POI CVE-2012-0213 Denial Of Service Vulnerability
Secunia: 49040 - Debian update for libjakarta-poi-java, Less Critical


Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 12/07/2021 12:12 PM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (60), 04/13/2017 12:43 PM (13), 12/07/2021 11:58 AM (3), 12/07/2021 12:05 PM (1), 12/07/2021 12:12 PM (1)
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