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Bug 143402 - media-sound/alsaplayer Multiple Buffer Overflows (CVE-2006-4089)
Summary: media-sound/alsaplayer Multiple Buffer Overflows (CVE-2006-4089)
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Security
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Vulnerabilities (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Security
Whiteboard: B2 [maskglsa] REMOVED
Depends on: 144412
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Reported: 2006-08-09 16:32 UTC by Harlan Lieberman-Berg (RETIRED)
Modified: 2007-02-13 01:39 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Harlan Lieberman-Berg (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-09 16:32:27 UTC
Copied from Full Disclosure: Thanks to Luigi Auriemma.
2) Bug

A] buffer-overflow in reconnect's redirection

The function which handles the HTTP connections is vulnerable to a
buffer-overflow that happens when it uses sscanf for copying the URL in
the Location's field received from the server into the redirect buffer
of only 1024 bytes declared in http_open.

>From reader/http/http.c:

static int reconnect (http_desc_t *desc, char *redirect)
    char request [2048];
    char response [10240];
    } else if (rc == 302) {
            s = strstr(response, "302");
        if (s) {
            //alsaplayer_error("%s", s);
            s = strstr(response, "Location: ");
            if (s && redirect) {
                /* Parse redirect */
                if (sscanf(s, "Location: %[^\r]", redirect)) {
                    /* alsaplayer_error("Redirection: %s", redirect); */
            return 1;

B] buffer-overflow in GTK playlist

A buffer-overflow exists in the functions which add items to the
playlist when the GTK interface is used (so the other interfaces are
not affected by this problem): new_list_item and CbUpdated in
The best way for exploiting this bug is through the following URLs
(perfect, for example, if AlsaPlayer is the default player of the web


C] buffer-overflow in cddb_lookup

AlsaPlayer automatically queries the CDDB server specified in its
configuration (by default when the user choices the
CDDA function for playing audio CDs.
The function which queries the server uses a buffer of 20 bytes and one
of 9 for storing the category and ID strings received from the server
while the buffer which contains this server's response is 32768 bytes
Naturally for exploiting this bug the attacker must have control of the
freedb server specified in the AlsaPlayer's configuration.

>From input/ccda/cdda_engine.c:

char * cddb_lookup (char *address, char *char_port, int discID, struct cd_trk_list *tl)
    int port = atoi (char_port);
    int server_fd, i, j, n;
    int total_secs = 0, counter = 0;
    char *answer = NULL, *username, *filename, categ[20], newID[9];
    char msg[BUFFER_SIZE], offsets[BUFFER_SIZE], tmpbuf[BUFFER_SIZE];
    char hostname[MAXHOSTNAMELEN], server[80];
        /* copy the match to the category */
        j = 0;
        while (answer[i] != ' ') 
            categ[j++] = answer[i++];
        categ[j++] = '\0';

        /* copy the new cdID */
        j = 0; 
        while (answer[i] != ' ') 
            newID[j++] = answer[i++];
        newID[j++] = '\0';

3) The Code

usage examples:
A] nc -l -p 80 -v -v -n < alsapbof_a.txt
B] alsaplayer http://`perl -e 'print "a"x2000'`
C] nc -l -p 888 -v -v -n < alsapbof_c.txt
Comment 1 Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen gentoo-dev 2006-08-10 00:19:05 UTC
Sound please advise.
Comment 2 Raphael Marichez (Falco) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-11 06:56:45 UTC
i would say B2 ? 
Comment 3 Harlan Lieberman-Berg (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-11 22:28:34 UTC
I'd concur with that. Setting to B2.
Comment 4 Harlan Lieberman-Berg (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-16 17:02:04 UTC
Upstream appears to be dead. No CVS commits for 18 months. Secundia recommends switching products. No activity on alsaplayer-devel.

Recommending removal from the tree (preferred) or hardmasking.

Thanks to tcort from Sound. =)

Removing sound@.
Comment 5 Tim Yamin (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-16 17:14:39 UTC
Treecleaners: Please dispose of this dead corpse, er, I mean, ebuild ;)
Comment 6 Raphael Marichez (Falco) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-17 00:35:22 UTC
Use another product."


i suggest masking this package
Comment 7 Christian Heim (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-18 07:46:05 UTC
masked in package.mask and pending removal on September 15th, 2006
Comment 8 Raphael Marichez (Falco) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-18 08:04:02 UTC

i suppose we should issue a GLSA for this one.
Comment 9 Ian Ballantyne 2006-08-23 04:23:16 UTC
Sad to hear it's in such a state.  What would be necessary to prevent it's removal from the tree?  

I've downloaded and applied the patches that are from the debian package and are available on the alsaplayer developer mailing list at and everything appears to be OK.  Are these patches sufficient for the Gentoo team to change their position about the removal of alsaplayer, or does there need to be CVS commits?  

I ask because I find the alsaplayer to be a good lightweight player which I like very much and would be very sadened to see it removed from the Gentoo tree.
Comment 10 Alec Warner archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2006-08-23 05:49:07 UTC

Feel free to put it there after it's removed here.  Otherwise, yes it needs a maintainer.
Comment 11 Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen gentoo-dev 2006-08-23 09:31:24 UTC
@sound do you still want to remove it or patch since one is now available?
Comment 12 Raphael Marichez (Falco) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-26 05:57:25 UTC
GLSA 200608-24

setting to enhancement scope for removal.
Comment 13 Anders Rune Jensen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-29 13:44:22 UTC
Has upstream been contacted regarding this issue? I would really like to see this package stay in as it's a really nice audio library.
Comment 14 Alec Warner archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2006-08-29 13:56:41 UTC
(In reply to comment #13)
> Has upstream been contacted regarding this issue? I would really like to see
> this package stay in as it's a really nice audio library.

See comment #4
Comment 15 Diego Elio Pettenò (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-30 07:13:49 UTC
I'd like to get this unmasked and patched, but i need a bit of time to update myself after the forced 1 month downtime.
Comment 16 Diego Elio Pettenò (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-08-31 08:09:02 UTC
Using debian's patchset 8 I still get a segmentation fault for (A). I cannot reproduce (C) right now as I have no clue how to change the freedb server. (B) is not pertinent to us (no GTK interface anymore).
Comment 17 David Fellows 2006-08-31 10:58:13 UTC
I did a cursory look through of the debian bugs descriptions /affected files.
Also the descriptions and affected files for this set of bugs.

The debian patches do not address the current bugs.

An attempt to fix these 3 bugs is on my todo list.
Comment 18 Alec Warner archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2006-09-15 14:47:24 UTC
17:48 <@antarus> Flameeyes: ping
17:48 <@Flameeyes> pong
17:48 <@antarus> Flameeyes: alsaplayer; it staying or going?
17:48 <@Flameeyes> antarus, going
17:48 <@antarus> Flameeyes: k
Comment 19 Alec Warner archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2006-09-18 22:05:33 UTC
Removed, Close at your leisure.
Comment 20 Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen gentoo-dev 2006-09-18 22:26:50 UTC
Comment 21 Anders Rune Jensen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-09-22 15:10:50 UTC
It seems the debian patchset 9 fixes this problem:

Does this change this in any way?
Comment 22 Alec Warner archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2006-09-22 16:45:00 UTC
(In reply to comment #21)
> It seems the debian patchset 9 fixes this problem:
> Does this change this in any way?

It's removed from the tree; so unless you can convince someone to bring it back; no.
Comment 23 Stuart Longland (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-02-12 06:10:10 UTC
I only just noticed this package disappeared from the tree when I tried to install an app that depends on it (Dancing Qt; not in portage tree yet).

Looking at the upstream site, it seems they've appointed new administrators, and are looking into restarting the project.

What are people's thoughts about re-adding this to the tree?  I'm happy to maintain it if the sound herd are reluctant.  The thing about this player, is it's the only one I know of, that supports variable speed playback... I'm involved with a Scottish country dance group here in Brisbane, who have a need for such a facility... hence my interest in the package.

Anyway... thoughts people?
Comment 24 Ryan Hill (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-02-12 06:55:29 UTC
I'd like to see it back.  Bug #166464.
Comment 25 Charlie Shepherd (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-02-13 01:39:29 UTC
(In reply to comment #23)
> The thing about this player, is
> it's the only one I know of, that supports variable speed playback...

I'm not too bothered whether it returns or not, but I believe mplayer already supports this.