Bug 101429 - No validation of returned value leads to null dereference at Annot.cc:5404
Summary: No validation of returned value leads to null dereference at Annot.cc:5404
Alias: None
Product: poppler
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: poppler-bugs
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Reported: 2017-06-14 21:39 UTC by foca@salesforce.com
Modified: 2017-06-17 10:19 UTC (History)
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Proof of concept (8.50 KB, application/pdf)
2017-06-14 21:39 UTC, foca@salesforce.com

Description foca@salesforce.com 2017-06-14 21:39:24 UTC
Created attachment 131960 [details]
Proof of concept

No validation of returned value leads to null dereference. The vulnerability is at 'Annot.cc:5404' in the function 'AnnotScreen::initialize'
5403     action = LinkAction::parseAction(&obj1, doc->getCatalog()->getBaseURI());
5404     if (action->getKind() == actionRendition && page == 0) {
5405       error (errSyntaxError, -1, "Invalid Rendition action: associated screen annotation without P");
5406       delete action;
5407       action = NULL;
5408       ok = gFalse;
5409     }

In 5403 action gets a NULL value when it should be a LinkJavaScript object, however the getKind method is called in 5404 without checking if action is valid (!= NULL).

Prior to where the crash occurs, action is assigned a value:

5403        action = LinkAction::parseAction(&obj1, doc->getCatalog()->getBaseURI());

The line above calls the parseAction function with the object1 and a base URI that contains '0x7fffffffded0: "\020\337\377\377\377\177"' as baseURI which is not valid and so null is returned for action as shown below:

133   // action is missing or wrong type
134   } else {
135     error(errSyntaxWarning, -1, "parseAction: Unknown annotation action object: URI = '{0:s}'",
136           baseURI ? baseURI->getCString() : "NULL");
137     action = NULL;
138   }

This could be fixed just checking for action != NULL after Annot.cc:5403

PoC is attached.

This vulnerability has been found by Offensive Research at Salesforce.com:
Alberto Garcia (@algillera), Francisco Oca (@francisco_oca) & Suleman Ali (@Salbei_)
Comment 1 Albert Astals Cid 2017-06-17 10:19:15 UTC
Fixed, thanks for the report.

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