PHP 5.2.11 libgd multiple vulnerabilities

Credit: Tomas Hoger
Risk: High
Local: No
Remote: Yes
CWE: CWE-Other

CVSS Base Score: 9.3/10
Impact Subscore: 10/10
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6/10
Exploit range: Remote
Attack complexity: Medium
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Complete
Integrity impact: Complete
Availability impact: Complete

While looking into this one, I spotted few interesting things. Patch for this is: - if (color > -1 && color<im->colorsTotal && color<=gdMaxColors) { + if (color > -1 && color < im->colorsTotal && color < gdMaxColors) { Besides "color<=gdMaxColors" check, there is also "color<im->colorsTotal" check. GD code also assumes that im->colorsTotal is <= gdMaxColors, as it is used as an upper bound in multiple cases when accessing arrays of gdMaxColors size. You can see "im->colorsTotal<=gdMaxColors" enforced in e.g. gdImageColorAllocateAlpha(), which is called for PHP function imagecolorallocate(). Hence: color<im->colorsTotal (from the check) and im->colorsTotal<=gdMaxColors (assumed in the rest of the code) implies color < gdMaxColor So the change should not really introduce any extra protection for current PHP versions. This change is relevant for pre-4.3.5 PHP versions, which do not have "color<im->colorsTotal" part of the check. It is possible to trigger im->alpha[] off-by-one over-write in those versions. This changes neighbor member of the gdImageStruct structure - trueColor. If that happens, gd will believe that previously non-TrueColor image is now TrueColor, which can lead to buffer over-reads or over-writes in subsequent gd operations (due to a different storage space needed for pixels of TrueColor and non-TrueColor images). But there is also concern for current PHP versions, as im->colorsTotal may be initialized with a value greater than gdMaxColors when using imagecreatefromgd() PHP function on a specially crafted GD file. Value read from file is not properly checked in _gdGetColors() (gd_gd.c),possibly allowing previously mentioned over-reads or over-writes on various places (e.g. colorsTotal is used in _gdGetColors() when initializing im->open[] with 0s). CVE-2009-3546 was assigned to this problem and the fix is now committed in PHP SVN:


Vote for this issue:


Thanks for you vote!


Thanks for you comment!
Your message is in quarantine 48 hours.

Comment it here.

(*) - required fields.  
{{ x.nick }} | Date: {{ x.ux * 1000 | date:'yyyy-MM-dd' }} {{ x.ux * 1000 | date:'HH:mm' }} CET+1
{{ x.comment }}

Copyright 2021,


Back to Top