X41 D-Sec GmbH Security Advisory: X41-2018-007

Multiple Vulnerabilities in mgetty


Confirmed Affected Versions: 1.2.0

Patched Versions: 1.2.1

Vendor: mgetty

Vendor URL: http://mgetty.greenie.net

Credit: X41 D-Sec GmbH, Eric Sesterhenn

Status: Public

Advisory-URL: https://www.x41-dsec.de/lab/advisories/x41-2018-007-mgetty

Summary and Impact

Multiple issues have been identified in the mgetty fax software. These might be used by local users to elevate their privileges.

X41 did not perform a full test or audit on the software.

Product Description

From the vendor: For those of you that do not know mgetty+sendfax yet: it’s a reliable and proven fax send and receive solution for unix and Linux. But it can do much more… so read the docs and be surprised.

Shell injection via faxq-helper

Severity Rating: Medium

Vector: Fax Job

CVE: CVE-2018-16741

CWE: 78

CVSS Score: 6.1


In fax/faxq-helper.c function do_activate(), not all characters are properly sanitized to prevent command injection. It is possible to use   , && or > to change the control flow.
        /* replace all quote characters, backslash and ';' by '_' */            
        for( q = buf; *q != '\0'; q++ )                                         
            if ( *q == '\'' || *q == '"' || *q == '`' ||                        
                 *q == '\\' || *q == ';' )                                      
                                    { *q = '_'; }                               

A job file containing malicious input can be constructed using faxq-helper activate <jobid>. One faxrunq is started, the code is executed as the user running the command.

        /* replace all quote characters, backslash and ';' by '_' */            
    #               "   '    `  \    $   ;
    command=`tr -d '\042\047\140\134\044\073' <JOB | \                          
             $AWK 'BEGIN { phone="-"; flags=""; pages="" }                      
                  $1=="phone" { phone=$2 }                                      
                  $1=="header"     { flags=flags" -h "$2 }                      
                  $1=="poll"       { flags=flags" -p" }                         
                  $1=="normal_res" { flags=flags" -n" }                         
                  $1=="acct_handle" { flags=flags" -A \""substr($0,13)"\"" }    
                  $1=="pages" { for( i=2; i<=NF; i++) pages=pages$i" " }        
                  END { printf "'"$FAX_SENDER"' -v%s %s %s", \                  
                               flags, phone, pages }' -`                        
# execute faxsend command                                                       
    $echo "$command"                                                            
    eval $command     

Stack Based Buffer Overflow With Long Username in contrib/next-login/login.c

Severity Rating: Low

Vector: Command Line Parameter

CVE: CVE-2018-16743

CWE: 121

CVSS Score: 2.9


In file contrib/next-login/login.c the command line parameter username is passed unsanitized to strcpy(), which causes a stack based buffer overflow if too long.

        char tbuf[MAXPATHLEN + 2], tname[sizeof(_PATH_TTY) + 10];               
        if (*argv) {                                                            
                username = *argv;                                               
                ask = 0; 
                if (failures && strcmp(tbuf, username)) {                       
                        if (failures > (pwd ? 0 : 1))                           
                        failures = 0;                                           
                (void)strcpy(tbuf, username); 

Stack Based Buffer Overflow With Long Argument in contrib/scrts.c

Severity Rating: Low

Vector: Command Line Parameter

CVE: CVE-2018-16742

CWE: 121

CVSS Score: 2.9


In file contrib/scrts.c a stack buffer overflow can be triggered via command line parameter.

int main( int argc, char ** argv )                                              
int i, fd;                                                                      
struct termios tio;                                                             
char device[1000];                                                              
    for ( i=1; i<argc; i++ )                                                    
        if ( strchr( argv[i], '/' ) == NULL )                                   
            sprintf( device, "/dev/%s", argv[i] );                              
            strcpy( device, argv[i] );

Stack Based Buffer Overflow and Command injection in faxrec.c

Severity Rating: Low

Vector: Command Line Parameter

CVE: CVE-2018-16744 (for command injection), CVE-2018-16745 (for overflow)

CWE: 121

CVSS Score: 2.9


In file faxrec.c function fax_notify_mail(), the mail_to parameter is not sanitized. It could allow for command injection or a buffer overflow if it is too long. If is called from facrec() which in turn is called from main() in mgetty.c. Since the notify_mail parameter is a configuration parameter, it should only be possible to set it from trusted source. If mgetty would be used with e.g. a webfront end, this might be abused for a privilege escalation.

void fax_notify_mail _P3( (pagenum, ppagenum, mail_to),
                          int pagenum, int ppagenum, char * mail_to )
FILE  * pipe_fp;
char  * file_name, * p;
char    buf[256];
int     r;
time_t  ti;

    lprintf( L_NOISE, "fax_notify_mail: sending mail to: %s", mail_to );

    sprintf( buf, "%s %s >/dev/null 2>&1", MAILER, mail_to );

    pipe_fp = popen( buf, "w" );

Endless loop in g3/g32pbm.c

When converting g32 files using g3/g32pbm.c, an endless loop can be triggered by malformed input file. Example can be found at https://github.com/x41sec/advisories/blob/master/X41-2018-007/files/g32pmb_infinite_loop.

Out Of Bounds Access in g3/pbm2g3.c

When converting pbm files using g3/pbm2g3.c, out of bounds accesses can occur with malformed input files in putwhitespan(). An example can be found with https://github.com/x41sec/advisories/blob/master/X41-2018-007/files/pbm2g2_oob_access.

     putcode( t_white[l].bit_code, t_white[l].bit_length );




2018-06-07 Issues found

2018-08-27 Issue reported to vendor

2018-08-28 Vendor reply

2018-09-08 Vendors sends patches

2018-09-08 CVE IDs requested

2018-09-09 CVE IDs assigned

2018-09-11 Patched Version released

2018-09-11 Advisory released

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Author: Eric Sesterhenn
Date: September 11, 2018