Bug#909802: poppler: CVE-2018-16646 denial-of-service via crafted file

Mike Gabriel mike.gabriel at das-netzwerkteam.de
Thu Nov 8 10:51:37 GMT 2018

Hi Moritz,

On  Di 06 Nov 2018 17:14:35 CET, Moritz Mühlenhoff wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 08:32:25PM +0200, Markus Koschany wrote:
>> Package: poppler
>> X-Debbugs-CC: team at security.debian.org
>> Severity: important
>> Tags: security
>> Hi,
>> The following vulnerability was published for poppler.
>> CVE-2018-16646[0]:
>> | In Poppler 0.68.0, the Parser::getObj() function in Parser.cc may cause
>> | infinite recursion via a crafted file. A remote attacker can leverage
>> | this for a DoS attack.
> For jessie the wrong patches got applied. They are based on MR 67, which
> didn't get merged in favour of the patch from MR 91.
> On a more general notice: This bug has virtually no security impact, it's
> hard too see why this change was made for an LTS release to begin with,
> but at least wait until it's applied/fixed in unstable before backporting.

Not security, but functionality. With the proof of malign content, I  
could successfully freeze 1 core on the test system endlessly.

Unideal is the application of the wrong MR (for others, see  
17c991f7992270d9f7ecf004741c1c3acc235b8d in security-tracker).

I have a modified version (+deb8u6, regression fix) ready for upload  
to jessie LTS (see attached .debdiff). @Moritz: do you see any reason  
for holding it back at this moment?



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