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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0596 -- [Win][UNIX/Linux]
Multiple Vendor OpenOffice rtl_allocateMemory() Integer
11 June 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: OpenOffice 2.4
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
CVE Names: CVE-2008-2152
Original Bulletin: http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/
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iDefense Security Advisory 06.10.08
Jun 10, 2008
OpenOffice is an open-source desktop office suite for many of today's
popular operating systems. For more information, see the vendor's site
found at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in OpenOffice,
as included in various vendors' operating system distributions, allows
attackers to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
The vulnerability exists due to the rtl_allocateMemory() function
rounding up allocation requests to be aligned on an 8 byte boundary
without checking if this rounding results in an integer overflow
condition. The vulnerable code is as follows, taken from
191 void *
192 SAL_CALL rtl_allocateMemory (sal_Size n)
194 void * p = 0;
195 if (n > 0)
197 char * addr;
198 sal_Size size = RTL_MEMORY_ALIGN(n +
200 int index = (size - 1) >> RTL_MEMALIGN_SHIFT;
201 OSL_ASSERT(RTL_MEMALIGN >= sizeof(sal_Size));
204 if (index < RTL_MEMORY_CACHED_LIMIT >>
205 addr =
207 addr = (char*)rtl_arena_alloc
The problem occurs at line 198. The n + RTL_MEMALIGN calculation can
overflow if n > UINT_MAX - RTL_MEMALIGN. This results in an undersized
buffer being allocated at try_alloc. This buffer is then passed back to
the calling function, which assumes that the buffer is much larger than
it actually is. This results in a heap overflow.
As this vulnerability occurs in the core memory allocator, there are
numerous ways to trigger the vulnerable code using a wide variety of
different file types.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user opening the file. To exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker needs to convince a user to open a malicious
file. After opening the file, no further interaction is needed.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in OpenOffice
version 2.4. Previous versions may also be affected.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue. Since
the vulnerability can be triggered by so many different file types,
disabling access to certain file types is not a valid workaround. As
such, avoid opening files from untrusted parties and unexpected files
from trusted parties.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
OpenOffice.Org has addressed this vulnerability by releasing version
2.4.1 of their product. For more information, consult the OOo Security
Bulletin at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-2152 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/08/2008 Initial vendor notification
05/09/2008 Initial vendor response
06/10/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense Labs.
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