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Integer overflow in PHP socket_iovec_alloc() function
Date: 2003-03-25

Author : Sir Mordred <mordred@s-mail.com>

//@(#) Mordred Security Labs advisory

Release date: March 25, 2003
Name: Integer overflow in PHP socket_iovec_alloc() function
Versions affected: < 4.3.2
Conditions: PHP must be compiled with --enable-sockets option, which is
turned off by default
Risk: average
Author: Sir Mordred (mordred@s-mail.com)

I. Description:

PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is
especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
Please visit http://www.php.net for more information about PHP.

The PHP socket extension implements a low-level interface to the socket
communication functions based on the popular BSD sockets, providing the
possibility to act as a socket server as well as a client...

To enable this extenstion PHP should be compiled with --enable-sockets

II. Details:

There exists an integer overflow in socket_iovec_alloc() function.
When requestiong the following php script, a httpd child will die with
the error message: child pid <pidnum> exit signal Segmentation fault (11)

$ cat t.php

III. Platforms tested

Linux 2.4 with Apache 1.3.27 / PHP 4.3.1

III. Workaround

Don't use the sockets extension.

IV. Vendor response

Vendor notified, issue will be fixed in PHP 4.3.2.


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