PostgreSQL 9.1/9.2/9.3/9.4 json/jsonb memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in PostgreSQL 9.1/9.2/9.3/9.4 (Database Software) and classified as problematic. Affected by this issue is some unknown processing of the component json/jsonb. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. The software 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. Impacted is availability.

The weakness was published 10/08/2015 as confirmed news (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2015-5289 since 07/01/2015. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 86422 , which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 350093 (Amazon Linux Security Advisory for postgresql92,postgresql93,postgresql94: ALAS-2015-609).

Upgrading to version 9.0.23, 9.1.19, 9.2.14, 9.3.10 or 9.4.5 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (107027) and Tenable (86422). Similar entry is available at 78349.





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 86422
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OpenVAS ID: 703374
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 3374-1 (postgresql-9.4 - security update)
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Upgrade: PostgreSQL 9.0.23/9.1.19/9.2.14/9.3.10/9.4.5
Patch: 08fa47c4850cea32c3116665975bca219fbf2fe6


07/01/2015 🔍
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Advisory: USN-2772-1
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2015-5289 (🔍)

X-Force: 107027 - PostgreSQL json or jsonb denial of service
SecurityTracker: 1033775
Vulnerability Center: 54002 - PostgreSQL Remote DoS via Specially Crafted json or jsonb Data due to Multiple Stack-Based Buffer Overflows, Medium
SecurityFocus: 77048

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Created: 10/12/2015 12:41 PM
Updated: 06/20/2022 03:30 PM
Changes: 10/12/2015 12:41 PM (68), 03/01/2018 05:02 PM (1), 06/20/2022 03:24 PM (7), 06/20/2022 03:30 PM (1)
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