alpine 3.6
format weakness #79


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 Alpine 3.6 format weakness.

 	else {
		snprintf(var, len, "smtp-auth%s", type);
		if ((cp = value(var)) != NULL)
			cp = savestr(cp);
	return cp;

static char	*smtpbuf;
static size_t	smtpbufsize;

 * Get the SMTP server's answer, expecting value.
static int 
read_smtp(struct sock *sp, int value, int ign_eof)
	int ret;
	int len;

	do {
		if ((len = sgetline(&smtpbuf, &smtpbufsize, NULL, sp)) < 6) {
			if (len >= 0 && !ign_eof)
				fprintf(stderr, catgets(catd, CATSET, 241,
					"Unexpected EOF on SMTP connection\n"));
			return -1;
		if (verbose || debug || _debug)
			fputs(smtpbuf, stderr);
		switch (*smtpbuf) {
		case '1': ret = 1; break;
		case '2': ret = 2; break;
		case '3': ret = 3; break;
		case '4': ret = 4; break;
		default: ret = 5;
		if (value != ret)
			fprintf(stderr, catgets(catd, CATSET, 191,
					"smtp-server: %s"), smtpbuf);
	} while (smtpbuf[3] == '-');
	return ret;

 * Macros for talk_smtp.
#define	_SMTP_ANSWER(x, ign_eof)	\
			if (!debug && !_debug) { \
				int	y; \ 

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