GNU coreutils parse_datetime --date=TZ=123345 input validation

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A vulnerability was found in GNU coreutils (version unknown). It has been rated as critical. Affected by this issue is the function parse_datetime. The manipulation of the argument --date=TZ=123345 with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to 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. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

The parse_datetime function in GNU coreutils allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted date string, as demonstrated by the "--date=TZ="123"345" @1" string to the touch or date command.

The weakness was disclosed 01/16/2015 by Bertrand Jacquin (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2014-9471 since 01/03/2015. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 82454 (Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : coreutils (MDVSA-2015:179)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Mandriva Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 195801 (Ubuntu Security Notification for Coreutils Vulnerabilities (USN-2473-1)).

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 (98936) and Tenable (82454).





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Class: Input validation

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Nessus ID: 82454
Nessus Name: Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : coreutils (MDVSA-2015:179)
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OpenVAS ID: 841810
OpenVAS Name: Ubuntu Update for coreutils USN-2473-1
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02/25/2014 🔍
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01/03/2015 +312 days 🔍
01/15/2015 +12 days 🔍
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Advisory: usn-2473-1
Researcher: Bertrand Jacquin
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CVE: CVE-2014-9471 (🔍)
X-Force: 98936
Vulnerability Center: 49992 - GNU coreutils Remote DoS or Code Execution via a Crafted Date String, High
SecurityFocus: 71268 - GNU Coreutils 'parse_datetime()' Local Denial of Service Vulnerability
Secunia: 62226 - Ubuntu update for coreutils, Less Critical


Created: 03/27/2015 02:56 PM
Updated: 04/11/2022 11:58 AM
Changes: 03/27/2015 02:56 PM (65), 06/28/2017 06:23 AM (11), 04/11/2022 11:42 AM (3), 04/11/2022 11:50 AM (1), 04/11/2022 11:58 AM (1)
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