fedora 23
buffer weakness #50


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.

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Easily used incorrectly.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Fedora 23 buffer weakness.

 			gboolean	use_num,
			gboolean	use_sym,
			gboolean	no_amb)
/* This routine sets what types of characters can be used in
 * generated passwords */
  const gchar chars_lcase1[] = "abcdefghijkmnpqrstuvwxyz";
  const gchar chars_lcase2[] = "lo";
  const gchar chars_ucase1[] = "ABCDEFHJKLMNPQRSTUVWXYZ";
  const gchar chars_ucase2[] = "IOG";
  const gchar chars_num1[] = "2345789";
  const gchar chars_num2[] = "016";
  const gchar chars_sym1[] = "!@#$ %&*()+=/{}[]:;<>";
  const gchar chars_sym2[] = "_-|,.''~^";


  strncpy(gpw_chars, "", GPW_CHAR_BUFFER);
  if (gpw_use_lcase) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_lcase1, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
  if (gpw_use_ucase) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_ucase1, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
  if (gpw_use_num) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_num1, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
  if (gpw_use_sym) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_sym1, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
  if (!no_amb)
    if (gpw_use_lcase) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_lcase2, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
    if (gpw_use_ucase) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_ucase2, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
    if (gpw_use_num) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_num2, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);
    if (gpw_use_sym) strncat(gpw_chars, chars_sym2, GPW_CHAR_BUFFER-1);

  gpw_num_chars = strlen(gpw_chars);

static gboolean
fpm_gpw_get_check_button_value(GtkWidget* win, gchar* check_name)
  GtkWidget* widget;
  widget = lookup_widget(win, check_name);

static void
fpm_gpw_set_check_button_value(	GtkWidget* win,	
				gchar* check_name, 

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