alpine 3.9
shell weakness #7


Weakness Breakdown


A shell weakness occurs when a program enables an attacker to execute unexpected commands on the operating system.

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This causes a new program to execute and is difficult to use safely.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.9 shell weakness.

       else {
        sys->message(fh, "WARNING; file possibly truncated by %" LD " bytes.",
                     firstlen - filelen);
  else {
    self->error = MSPACK_ERR_OPEN;

  /* free the search buffer */

  return (struct mscabd_cabinet *) cab;

static int cabd_find(struct mscab_decompressor_p *self, unsigned char *buf,
                     struct mspack_file *fh, const char *filename, off_t flen,
                     off_t *firstlen, struct mscabd_cabinet_p **firstcab)
  struct mscabd_cabinet_p *cab, *link = NULL;
  off_t caboff, offset, length;
  struct mspack_system *sys = self->system;
  unsigned char *p, *pend, state = 0;
  unsigned int cablen_u32 = 0, foffset_u32 = 0;
  int false_cabs = 0, salvage = self->param[MSCABD_PARAM_SALVAGE];

  /* detect 32-bit off_t overflow */
  if (flen < 0) {
    sys->message(fh, largefile_msg);
    return MSPACK_ERR_OK;

  /* search through the full file length */
  for (offset = 0; offset < flen; offset += length) {
    /* search length is either the full length of the search buffer, or the
     * amount of data remaining to the end of the file, whichever is less. */
    length = flen - offset;
    if (length > self->param[MSCABD_PARAM_SEARCHBUF]) {
      length = self->param[MSCABD_PARAM_SEARCHBUF];

    /* fill the search buffer with data from disk */
    if (sys->read(fh, &buf[0], (int) length) != (int) length) {
      return MSPACK_ERR_READ;

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