centos 6
format weakness #30

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Weakness Breakdown


Definition:

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):

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

File Name:

gtkglext-1.2.0/examples/glxinfo.c

Context:

The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Centos 6 format weakness.

    int redSize, greenSize, blueSize, alphaSize;
   int depthSize;
   int stencilSize;
   int accumRedSize, accumGreenSize, accumBlueSize, accumAlphaSize;
   int numSamples, numMultisample;
   int visualCaveat;
};

   
/*
 * Print a list of extensions, with word-wrapping.
 */
static void
print_extension_list(const char *ext)
{
   const char *indentString = "    ";
   const int indent = 4;
   const int max = 79;
   int width, i, j;

   if (!ext || !ext[0])
      return;

   width = indent;
   printf(indentString);
   i = j = 0;
   while (1) {
      if (ext[j] == ' ' || ext[j] == 0) {
         /* found end of an extension name */
         const int len = j - i;
         if (width + len > max) {
            /* start a new line */
            printf("\n");
            width = indent;
            printf(indentString);
         }
         /* print the extension name between ext[i] and ext[j] */
         while (i < j) {
            printf("%c", ext[i]);
            i++;
         }
         /* either we're all done, or we'll continue with next extension */
         width += len + 1;
         if (ext[j] == 0) {
            break;
         }
         else {
            i++;
            j++;
            if (ext[j] == 0) 

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