alpine 3.6
format weakness #26


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.

 static FILE *smime_sign_cert(const char *xname, const char *xname2, int warn);
#if defined (X509_V_FLAG_CRL_CHECK) && defined (X509_V_FLAG_CRL_CHECK_ALL)
static enum okay load_crl1(X509_STORE *store, const char *name);
static enum okay load_crls(X509_STORE *store, const char *vfile,
		const char *vdir);

static void 
sslcatch(int s)
	if (reset_tio)
		tcsetattr(0, TCSADRAIN, &otio);
	siglongjmp(ssljmp, s);

static int 
	char *cp;
	int state = 0;

	if ((cp = value("ssl-rand-egd")) != NULL) {
		cp = expand(cp);
		if (RAND_egd(cp) == -1) {
			fprintf(stderr, catgets(catd, CATSET, 245,
				"entropy daemon at \"%s\" not available\n"),
		} else
			state = 1;
	} else if ((cp = value("ssl-rand-file")) != NULL) {
		cp = expand(cp);
		if (RAND_load_file(cp, 1024) == -1) {
			fprintf(stderr, catgets(catd, CATSET, 246,
				"entropy file at \"%s\" not available\n"), cp);
		} else {
			struct stat st;

			if (stat(cp, &st) == 0 && S_ISREG(st.st_mode) &&
					access(cp, W_OK) == 0) {
				if (RAND_write_file(cp) == -1) {
					fprintf(stderr, catgets(catd, CATSET,
				"writing entropy data to \"%s\" failed\n"), cp);
			state = 1;
	return state;

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