PostgreSQL up to 9.0.18/9.1.14/9.2.9/9.3.5/9.4.0 to_char memory corruption

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A vulnerability has been found in PostgreSQL up to 9.0.18/9.1.14/9.2.9/9.3.5/9.4.0 (Database Software) and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is the function to_char. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was disclosed 02/05/2015 by Bruce Momjian as News ID 1569 as confirmed news (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2015-0241 since 11/18/2014. The attack can be launched remotely. The successful exploitation requires a single authentication. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 81193 (FreeBSD : PostgreSQL -- multiple buffer overflows and memory issues (3b40bf2c-ad83-11e4-a2b2-0026551a22dc)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FreeBSD Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 350210 (Amazon Linux Security Advisory for postgresql92: ALAS-2015-492).

Upgrading to version 9.0.19, 9.1.15, 9.2.10, 9.3.6 or 9.4.1 eliminates this vulnerability. The news contains the following remark:

This vulnerability was fixed on non-Windows platforms in the prior update releases.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (100777) and Tenable (81193).






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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 81193
Nessus Name: FreeBSD : PostgreSQL -- multiple buffer overflows and memory issues (3b40bf2c-ad83-11e4-a2b2-0026551a22dc)
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OpenVAS ID: 14611
OpenVAS Name: Amazon Linux Local Check: ALAS-2015-503
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Upgrade: PostgreSQL 9.0.19/9.1.15/9.2.10/9.3.6/9.4.1


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Advisory: News ID 1569
Researcher: Bruce Momjian
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2015-0241 (🔍)

X-Force: 100777 - PostgreSQL to_char buffer overflow, Medium Risk
SecurityTracker: 1031742
Vulnerability Center: 52641 - PostgreSQL Remote Code Execution due to Processing a Crafted Timestamp Formatting Template, Medium
SecurityFocus: 72540 - PostgreSQL 'to_char()' Function Buffer Overflow Vulnerability


Created: 02/11/2015 09:05 AM
Updated: 03/09/2022 02:26 AM
Changes: 02/11/2015 09:05 AM (67), 12/23/2017 01:14 PM (8), 03/09/2022 02:11 AM (2), 03/09/2022 02:19 AM (18), 03/09/2022 02:26 AM (1)
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