ID CVE-2009-2404
Summary Heap-based buffer overflow in a regular-expression parser in Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) before 3.12.3, as used in Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Evolution, Pidgin, and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), allows remote SSL servers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a long domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) field of an X.509 certificate, related to the cert_TestHostName function.
References
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:network_security_services:3.12.3:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:network_security_services:3.12.3:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:aol:instant_messenger:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:aol:instant_messenger:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:gnome:evolution:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:gnome:evolution:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:firefox:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:seamonkey:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:seamonkey:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:thunderbird:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:mozilla:thunderbird:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:pidgin:pidgin:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:pidgin:pidgin:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
CVSS
Base: 9.3 (as of 03-10-2018 - 22:00)
Impact:
Exploitability:
CWE CWE-119
CAPEC
  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.
  • Overflow Binary Resource File
    An attack of this type exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of binary resources. Binary resources may include music files like MP3, image files like JPEG files, and any other binary file. These attacks may pass unnoticed to the client machine through normal usage of files, such as a browser loading a seemingly innocent JPEG file. This can allow the attacker access to the execution stack and execute arbitrary code in the target process. This attack pattern is a variant of standard buffer overflow attacks using an unexpected vector (binary files) to wrap its attack and open up a new attack vector. The attacker is required to either directly serve the binary content to the victim, or place it in a locale like a MP3 sharing application, for the victim to download. The attacker then is notified upon the download or otherwise locates the vulnerability opened up by the buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Symbolic Links
    This type of attack leverages the use of symbolic links to cause buffer overflows. An attacker can try to create or manipulate a symbolic link file such that its contents result in out of bounds data. When the target software processes the symbolic link file, it could potentially overflow internal buffers with insufficient bounds checking.
  • Overflow Variables and Tags
    This type of attack leverages the use of tags or variables from a formatted configuration data to cause buffer overflow. The attacker crafts a malicious HTML page or configuration file that includes oversized strings, thus causing an overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Parameter Expansion
    In this attack, the target software is given input that the attacker knows will be modified and expanded in size during processing. This attack relies on the target software failing to anticipate that the expanded data may exceed some internal limit, thereby creating a buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow in an API Call
    This attack targets libraries or shared code modules which are vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks. An attacker who has access to an API may try to embed malicious code in the API function call and exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in the function's implementation. All clients that make use of the code library thus become vulnerable by association. This has a very broad effect on security across a system, usually affecting more than one software process.
  • Buffer Overflow in Local Command-Line Utilities
    This attack targets command-line utilities available in a number of shells. An attacker can leverage a vulnerability found in a command-line utility to escalate privilege to root.
Access
VectorComplexityAuthentication
NETWORK MEDIUM NONE
Impact
ConfidentialityIntegrityAvailability
COMPLETE COMPLETE COMPLETE
cvss-vector via4 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
oval via4
  • accepted 2013-04-29T04:12:03.787-04:00
    class vulnerability
    contributors
    • name Aharon Chernin
      organization SCAP.com, LLC
    • name Dragos Prisaca
      organization G2, Inc.
    definition_extensions
    • comment The operating system installed on the system is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11782
    • comment CentOS Linux 3.x
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:16651
    • comment The operating system installed on the system is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11831
    • comment CentOS Linux 4.x
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:16636
    • comment Oracle Linux 4.x
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:15990
    • comment The operating system installed on the system is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11414
    • comment The operating system installed on the system is CentOS Linux 5.x
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:15802
    • comment Oracle Linux 5.x
      oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:15459
    description Heap-based buffer overflow in a regular-expression parser in Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) before 3.12.3, as used in Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Evolution, Pidgin, and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), allows remote SSL servers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a long domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) field of an X.509 certificate, related to the cert_TestHostName function.
    family unix
    id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11174
    status accepted
    submitted 2010-07-09T03:56:16-04:00
    title Heap-based buffer overflow in a regular-expression parser in Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) before 3.12.3, as used in Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Evolution, Pidgin, and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), allows remote SSL servers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a long domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) field of an X.509 certificate, related to the cert_TestHostName function.
    version 24
  • accepted 2014-01-20T04:01:41.477-05:00
    class vulnerability
    contributors
    • name Pai Peng
      organization Hewlett-Packard
    • name Chris Coffin
      organization The MITRE Corporation
    definition_extensions
    comment VMware ESX Server 4.0 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6293
    description Heap-based buffer overflow in a regular-expression parser in Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) before 3.12.3, as used in Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Evolution, Pidgin, and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), allows remote SSL servers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a long domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) field of an X.509 certificate, related to the cert_TestHostName function.
    family unix
    id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8658
    status accepted
    submitted 2010-03-18T13:00:53.000-04:00
    title VMware Network Security Services (NSS) heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability
    version 7
redhat via4
advisories
  • bugzilla
    id 512912
    title CVE-2009-2404 nss regexp heap overflow
    oval
    AND
    • comment Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is installed
      oval oval:com.redhat.rhba:tst:20070026001
    • OR
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185002
        • comment seamonkey is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734003
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-chat is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185018
        • comment seamonkey-chat is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734021
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-devel is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185020
        • comment seamonkey-devel is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734005
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-dom-inspector is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185010
        • comment seamonkey-dom-inspector is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734011
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-js-debugger is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185004
        • comment seamonkey-js-debugger is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734013
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-mail is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185006
        • comment seamonkey-mail is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734019
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-nspr is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185014
        • comment seamonkey-nspr is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734007
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-nspr-devel is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185016
        • comment seamonkey-nspr-devel is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734009
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-nss is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185012
        • comment seamonkey-nss is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734015
      • AND
        • comment seamonkey-nss-devel is earlier than 0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20091185008
        • comment seamonkey-nss-devel is signed with Red Hat master key
          oval oval:com.redhat.rhsa:tst:20060734017
    rhsa
    id RHSA-2009:1185
    released 2009-07-30
    severity Critical
    title RHSA-2009:1185: seamonkey security update (Critical)
  • rhsa
    id RHSA-2009:1207
rpms
  • nss-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el4_8.2
  • nss-devel-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el4_8.2
  • nss-tools-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el4_8.2
  • nspr-0:4.7.4-1.el4_8.1
  • nspr-devel-0:4.7.4-1.el4_8.1
  • seamonkey-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-chat-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-devel-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-dom-inspector-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-js-debugger-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-mail-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-nspr-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-nspr-devel-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-nss-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • seamonkey-nss-devel-0:1.0.9-0.41.el3
  • nspr-0:4.7.4-1.el5_3.1
  • nspr-devel-0:4.7.4-1.el5_3.1
  • nss-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el5_3.2
  • nss-devel-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el5_3.2
  • nss-pkcs11-devel-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el5_3.2
  • nss-tools-0:3.12.3.99.3-1.el5_3.2
refmap via4
bid 35891
cert TA10-103B
confirm
debian DSA-1874
mandriva
  • MDVSA-2009:197
  • MDVSA-2009:216
misc http://www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-usa-09/MARLINSPIKE/BHUSA09-Marlinspike-DefeatSSL-SLIDES.pdf
secunia
  • 36088
  • 36102
  • 36125
  • 36139
  • 36157
  • 36434
  • 37098
  • 39428
sunalert
  • 1021030
  • 1021699
  • 273910
suse SUSE-SA:2009:048
ubuntu
  • USN-810-1
  • USN-810-2
vupen ADV-2009-2085
Last major update 03-10-2018 - 22:00
Published 03-08-2009 - 14:30
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