rhel 7
format weakness #26


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 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 format weakness.

 	int i;
	struct timespec waittime;
	struct timeval maxtime;
	char linktargetfile[MOUNTLOCK_LINKTARGET_LTH];

	if (!signals_have_been_setup) {
		int sig = 0;
		struct sigaction sa;

		sa.sa_handler = handler;
		sa.sa_flags = 0;
		sigfillset (&sa.sa_mask);

		while (sigismember (&sa.sa_mask, ++sig) != -1
		       && sig != SIGCHLD) {
			if (sig == SIGALRM)
				sa.sa_handler = setlkw_timeout;
				sa.sa_handler = handler;
			sigaction (sig, &sa, (struct sigaction *) 0);
		signals_have_been_setup = 1;

	sprintf(linktargetfile, MOUNTLOCK_LINKTARGET, getpid ());

	i = open (linktargetfile, O_WRONLY|O_CREAT, S_IRUSR|S_IWUSR);
	if (i < 0) {
		/* linktargetfile does not exist (as a file)
		   and we cannot create it. Read-only filesystem?
		   Too many files open in the system?
		   Filesystem full? */
		return EX_FILEIO;

	maxtime = mono_time();
	maxtime.tv_sec += MOUNTLOCK_MAXTIME;

	waittime.tv_sec = 0;
	waittime.tv_nsec = (1000 * MOUNTLOCK_WAITTIME);

	/* Repeat until it was us who made the link */
	while (!we_created_lockfile) {
		struct timeval now;
		struct flock flock;
		int errsv, j;

		j = link(linktargetfile, _PATH_MOUNTED_LOCK);
		errsv = errno; 

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