fedora 24
format weakness #70


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.

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

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Fedora 24 format weakness.

 		    } /* if .. first time factor */
		    for (itran = 0; itran < NTRAN; ++itran) {
			trans = transs[itran];
                        options.Trans = trans;

			/* Restore the matrix A. */
			cCopy_CompCol_Matrix(&ASAV, &A);
 			/* Set the right hand side. */
			cFillRHS(trans, nrhs, xact, ldx, &A, &B);
			cCopy_Dense_Matrix(m, nrhs, rhsb, ldb, bsav, ldb);

			 * Test cgssv
			if ( options.Fact == DOFACT && itran == 0) {
                            /* Not yet factored, and untransposed */
			    cCopy_Dense_Matrix(m, nrhs, rhsb, ldb, solx, ldx);
			    cgssv(&options, &A, perm_c, perm_r, &L, &U, &X,
                                  &stat, &info);
			    if ( info && info != izero ) {
                                printf(FMT3, "cgssv",
				       info, izero, n, nrhs, imat, nfail);
			    } else {
                                /* Reconstruct matrix from factors and
	                           compute residual. */
                                cgst01(m, n, &A, &L, &U, perm_c, perm_r,
				nt = 1;
				if ( izero == 0 ) {
				    /* Compute residual of the computed
				       solution. */
				    cCopy_Dense_Matrix(m, nrhs, rhsb, ldb,
						       wwork, ldb);
				    cgst02(trans, m, n, nrhs, &A, solx,
                                              ldx, wwork,ldb, &result[1]);
				    nt = 2;
				/* Print information about the tests that
				   did not pass the threshold.      */
				for (i = 0; i < nt; ++i) {
				    if ( result[i] >= THRESH ) {
					printf(FMT1, "cgssv", n, i,

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