alpine 3.8
buffer weakness #14


Weakness Breakdown


Buffer overflows are one of the most well-known software vulnerabilities. Even though most developers know what buffer overflows are, attacks against the vulnerabilities are common in both legacy and newer applications. A classic buffer overflow exploit begins with the attacker sending data to a program, which it then stores in an undersized stack buffer. Besides stack buffer overflows, other kinds of buffer overflows include heap overflows, off-by-one errors and many others. Learn more about buffer overflows on OWASP attack index.

Warning code(s):

Does not check for buffer overflows.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.8 buffer weakness.

  free_arglist (arg_list);

  if (!(display = XOpenDisplay (displayname)))
    fatal ("Can't open display '%s'\n", XDisplayName (displayname));

  xdb = x_load_resources (display, resource_string, name, class);

  /* In a real program, you'd want to also do this: */
  display->db = xdb;

  while (true)
      char query_name[90];
      char query_class[90];

      printf ("Name: ");
      gets (query_name);

      if (strlen (query_name))
	  char *value;

	  printf ("Class: ");
	  gets (query_class);

	  value = x_get_string_resource (xdb, query_name, query_class);

	  if (value != NULL)
	    printf ("\t%s(%s):  %s\n\n", query_name, query_class, value);
	    printf ("\tNo Value.\n\n");
  printf ("\tExit.\n\n");

  XCloseDisplay (display);

  return 0;
#endif /* TESTRM */ 

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