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Windows GDI+ TIFF memory corruption



Windows GDI+ TIFF memory corruption
Windows GDI+ TIFF memory corruption



There is a memory corruption vulnerability in TIFF file processing in
Microsoft GDI+ that can be used to crash a vulnerable application and
also to execute arbitrary code.

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#The vulnerability#
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The vulnerability is caused due to errors in decompression of CCITT G4
compressed TIFF images.

CCITT compression is basically a RLE (Run Length Encoding) compression
of 2-color (black/white) images where run lengths of black and white
pixels are encoded using variable number of bits. In the first step of
decoding process run-lengths are determined and are stored in a buffer
of the same length as image width located on heap. After this process
the values inside the buffer are interpreted as

[white-run-length][black-run-length][white-run-length][black-run-length]...

The process of filling the above buffer continues until the sum of all
run-lengths already written in the buffer is smaller than the image
width.
The vulnerability stems from the fact that, by the encoding mechanism,
a 0-run length is completely valid. Thus, if we specify multiple
run-lengths of zero pixels at the beginning of the image row, we can
escape the buffer boundaries and write arbitrary value after the end
of the buffer.

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#The impact#
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This vulnerability can be used to run arbitrary code when an
application using GDI+ is used to open a malformed TIFF file. The code
will be run with the privilages of the vulnerable application.

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#PoC#
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Due to the spread and the impact of the vulnerability, exploiting
details will not be released at this time.

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#References#
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http://ifsec.blogspot.com/2009/10/windows-gdi-tiff-memory-corruption.html 
http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-09-072/ 
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-062.mspx 
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2503 


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