[Full-Disclosure] iDEFENSE Security Advisory 04.05.04: Perl win32_stat Function Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 12:05:12 -0400
Perl win32_stat Function Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 04.05.04
April 5, 2004
Perl is a popular programming language due to its text manipulation
capabilities and rapid development cycle. It is open source, cross
platform and used for mission critical projects in the public and
Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow in the 'win32_stat' function of
ActiveState's ActivePerl and Larry Wall's Perl could allow for the
execution of arbitrary commands.
If the filename passed to the function ends with a backslash character,
it is copied into a fixed length buffer. There is no check made on the
length of the string before the copy, allowing an excessively long
string to overwrite control information, allowing execution of arbitrary
The problem specifically exists within the win32 wrapper to the stat()
routine and hence the Unix builds of Perl are not affected.
The 'win32_stat' function is a wrapper around the 'stat' function and
the file test operators ('-r', '-w', '-e', '-d' etc) on Win32 based
If a web site contains a Perl script that uses any of these functions
with user supplied pathnames, it may be possible to remotely execute
All versions of Perl for Win32 operating systems up to and including
5.8.3 are affected.
V. VENDOR RESPONSE
The fix will be incorporated into core Perl 5.8.4. Patches are currently
available at the following locations:
Committed to the Perl 5.9.x development branch:
Integrated into Perl 5.8.x maintenance branch as part of:
VI. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2004-0377 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
January 09, 2004 Vulnerability discovered by iDEFENSE
February 25, 2004 Initial vendor contact
February 26, 2004 iDEFENSE clients notified
February 26, 2004 Vendor response
April 05, 2004 Public disclosure
Greg MacManus (iDEFENSE Labs) is credited with this discovery.
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