Re: [Full-Disclosure] Firefox 0.92 DoS via TinyBMP

From: Ali Campbell (
Date: 07/12/04

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    > This is precisely the point that almost everyone is missing
    > completely (but still clamoring "it works on X, it doesn't work on
    > Y"), and that Sapheriel pinpointed: the core problem lies in the
    > Windows .bmp implementation.
    > So, I wonder aloud, what is the purpose of publishing 'advisories'
    > that misattribute this flaw to IE [1] or Firefox or any of the other
    > hundreds or thousands of programs that use it and can be DoSed as a
    > result?
    > st3ng4h

    I agree when you say that it's probably a flaw in the BMP lib
    implementation. But as I've pointed out once already, Windows isn't the
    only afflicted platform:

    Ali-Campbells-Computer:~ alicampbell$ uname -a

    Darwin Ali-Campbells-Computer.local 7.4.0 Darwin Kernel Version 7.4.0:
    Wed May 12 16:58:24 PDT 2004; root:xnu/xnu-517.7.7.obj~7/RELEASE_PPC
    Power Macintosh powerpc

    Ali-Campbells-Computer:~ alicampbell$ top

    <!-- snip -->
    <!-- snip -->
      1449 firefox-bi 0.5% 0:11.84 10 191 293 18.4M 37.2M 46.9M
    <!-- snip -->

    That's VSIZE=3.32 gigabytes.

    As others have also observed, there isn't any machine slowdown when I
    try this either on Windows or OS X, despite the large amount of virtual
    memory sucked up. I'm postulating that this is because memory is being
    malloc()ed but not actually written to, so physical page frames for it
    never get allocated. I could be wrong though, as my current knowledge of
    kernels falls squarely in the "tourist" category.


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