alpine 3.6
format weakness #20


Weakness Breakdown


A format string exploit occurs when the data of an input string is evaluated as a command by the program. This class of attacks is very similar to buffer overflows since an attacker could execute code, read the stack or cause new behaviors that compromise security. Learn more about format string attacks on OWASP attack index.

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If format strings can be influenced by an attacker, they can be exploited.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.6 format weakness.

 		limit = atoi(cp);
	if (limit < 0 || limit > 950)
		limit = 950;
	if (maxlen > limit)
		isclean |= MIME_LONGLINES;
	return isclean;

 * Get the conversion that matches the encoding specified in the environment.
static enum conversion
	char *p;
	int convert;

	if ((p = value("encoding")) == NULL)
		return CONV_8BIT;
	if (equal(p, "quoted-printable"))
		convert = CONV_TOQP;
	else if (equal(p, "8bit"))
		convert = CONV_8BIT;
	else {
		fprintf(stderr, catgets(catd, CATSET, 177,
			"Warning: invalid encoding %s, using 8bit\n"), p);
		convert = CONV_8BIT;
	return convert;

get_mime_convert(FILE *fp, char **contenttype, char **charset,
		enum mimeclean *isclean, int dosign)
	int convert;

	*isclean = mime_isclean(fp);
	if (*isclean & MIME_HASNUL ||
			*contenttype && ascncasecmp(*contenttype, "text/", 5) ||
			*contenttype == NULL && *isclean & MIME_CTRLCHAR) {
		convert = CONV_TOB64;
		if (*contenttype == NULL ||
				ascncasecmp(*contenttype, "text/", 5) == 0)
			*contenttype = "application/octet-stream";
		*charset = NULL;
		convert = CONV_TOQP;
	else if (*isclean & MIME_HIGHBIT) 

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