VDB-99229 · CVE-2016-10210 · BID 98077

YARA 3.5.0 libyara/lexer.l yy_get_next_buffer null pointer dereference

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A vulnerability has been found in YARA 3.5.0 and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is the function yy_get_next_buffer of the file libyara/lexer.l. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a null pointer dereference vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-476. A NULL pointer dereference occurs when the application dereferences a pointer that it expects to be valid, but is NULL, typically causing a crash or exit. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 12/06/2016. The weakness was shared 04/03/2017 (GitHub Repository). The advisory is shared at github.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-10210 since 02/07/2017. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 118 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 99743 (Fedora 25 : yara (2017-11ac1e31eb)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 276739 (Fedora Security Update for yara (FEDORA-2017-5c55ef46ee)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 4 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (99743). The entries 99230, 99244, 99245 and 100634 are related to this item.



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Class: Null pointer dereference
CWE: CWE-476 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 99743
Nessus Name: Fedora 25 : yara (2017-11ac1e31eb)
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OpenVAS ID: 867773
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for yara FEDORA-2017-9941306740
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Patch: github.com


12/06/2016 🔍
02/07/2017 +63 days 🔍
04/03/2017 +55 days 🔍
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04/29/2017 +26 days 🔍
05/01/2017 +2 days 🔍
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Advisory: FEDORA-2017-11ac1e31eb
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2016-10210 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 98077 - YARA 'yy_get_next_buffer()' Function Denial of Service Vulnerability
OSVDB: - CVE-2016-10210 - YARA - Denial of Service Issue

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Created: 04/03/2017 04:53 PM
Updated: 11/24/2022 04:36 PM
Changes: 04/03/2017 04:53 PM (81), 11/24/2022 04:28 PM (5), 11/24/2022 04:36 PM (1)
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