alpine 3.8
format weakness #32


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.

Warning code(s):

Potential format string problem.

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

      TRACE (printf ("  scientific s.sss\n"));

      intlen = MIN (1, len);
      intzeros = (intlen == 0 ? 1 : 0);
      fraczeros = 0;
      fraclen = len - intlen;

      expval = (exp-intlen);
      if (p->exptimes4)
	expval <<= 2;

      /* Split out the sign since %o or %x in expfmt give negatives as twos
	 complement, not with a sign. */
      expsign = (expval >= 0 ? '+' : '-');
      expval = ABS (expval);

      explen = snprintf (exponent, sizeof(exponent),
			 p->expfmt, expsign, expval);
      /* test for < sizeof-1 since a glibc 2.0.x return of sizeof-1 might
	 mean truncation */
      ASSERT (explen >= 0 && explen < sizeof(exponent)-1);
      sprintf (exponent, p->expfmt, expsign, expval);
      explen = strlen (exponent);
      ASSERT (explen < sizeof(exponent));
      TRACE (printf ("  expfmt %s gives %s\n", p->expfmt, exponent));

    ASSERT (0);
    /*FALLTHRU*/  /* to stop variables looking uninitialized */

    /* The exponent for "scientific" will be exp-1, choose scientific if
       this is < -4 or >= prec (and minimum 1 for prec).  For f==0 will have
       exp==0 and get the desired "fixed".  This rule follows glibc.  For
       fixed there's no need to truncate, the desired ndigits will already
       be as required.  */
    if (exp-1 < -4 || exp-1 >= MAX (1, prec))
      goto scientific;
      goto fixed;

  TRACE (printf ("  intlen %d intzeros %d fraczeros %d fraclen %d\n",
		 intlen, intzeros, fraczeros, fraclen)); 

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