Wireshark up to 1.8.6 fragment_add_seq_common input validation

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A vulnerability was found in Wireshark (Packet Analyzer Software). It has been classified as problematic. Affected is the function fragment_add_seq_common. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. This is going to have an impact on availability. CVE summarizes:

The fragment_add_seq_common function in epan/reassemble.c in the ASN.1 BER dissector in Wireshark before r48943 has an incorrect pointer dereference during a comparison, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) via a malformed packet.

The weakness was shared 05/24/2013 with Wireshark as Bug 8599 as not defined bug report (Bugzilla). The advisory is available at bugs.wireshark.org. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2013-3556 since 05/20/2013. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 69169 (SuSE 10 Security Update : wireshark (ZYPP Patch Number 8659)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 166492 (OpenSuSE Security Update for wireshark (openSUSE-SU-2013:1084-1)).

Upgrading to version 1.6.0 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (84367), Vulnerability Center (SBV-39752) and Tenable (69169). The entries 8815, 8816, 8817 and 8818 are related to this item.





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Class: Input validation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 69169
Nessus Name: SuSE 10 Security Update : wireshark (ZYPP Patch Number 8659)
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OpenVAS ID: 803619
OpenVAS Name: Wireshark ASN.1 BER Dissector DoS Vulnerability - May 13 (Mac OS X)
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Upgrade: Wireshark 1.6.0


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Product: wireshark.org

Advisory: Bug 8599
Organization: Wireshark
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2013-3556 (🔍)

X-Force: 84367
Vulnerability Center: 39752 - Wireshark ASN.1 BER Dissector \x27fragment_add_seq_common\x27 Allows Remote DoS via a Malformed Packet, Medium
SecurityFocus: 59997 - Wireshark ASN.1 BER Dissector CVE-2013-3556 Denial of Service Vulnerability
Secunia: 53425 - Wireshark Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities, Moderately Critical

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Created: 03/24/2015 03:54 PM
Updated: 01/02/2022 10:40 PM
Changes: 03/24/2015 03:54 PM (72), 05/01/2017 11:13 AM (9), 01/02/2022 10:40 PM (3)
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