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==Abstract==
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This function can return a pointer to memory outside of the buffer to be searched. Subsequent operations on the pointer may have unintended consequences.
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==Description==
 
==Description==
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This function can return a pointer to memory outside of the buffer to be searched. Subsequent operations on the pointer may have unintended consequences.
  
 
This function can return a pointer to memory outside the bounds of the buffer to be searched under either of the following circumstances:
 
This function can return a pointer to memory outside the bounds of the buffer to be searched under either of the following circumstances:
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* An attacker can control the contents of the buffer to be searched  
 
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* An attacker can control the value for which to search  
 
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==Risk Factors==
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==Examples==
 
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This issue is similar to a string termination error, where the programmer relies on a character array to contain a null terminator.
 
This issue is similar to a string termination error, where the programmer relies on a character array to contain a null terminator.
  
==Related Threats==
 
  
==Related Attacks==
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In addition, one should classify vulnerability based on the following subcategories: Ex:<nowiki>[[Category:Error Handling Vulnerability]]</nowiki>
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Encoding Vulnerability
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Input Validation Vulnerability
  
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Logging and Auditing Vulnerability
  
[[Buffer Overflow]]
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Latest revision as of 20:15, 20 February 2009

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Last revision (mm/dd/yy): 02/20/2009

Vulnerabilities Table of Contents

Description

This function can return a pointer to memory outside of the buffer to be searched. Subsequent operations on the pointer may have unintended consequences.

This function can return a pointer to memory outside the bounds of the buffer to be searched under either of the following circumstances:

  • An attacker can control the contents of the buffer to be searched
  • An attacker can control the value for which to search


Risk Factors

TBD

Examples

The following short program uses an untrusted command line argument as the search buffer in a call to rawmemchr().

	int main(int argc, char** argv) {
	  char* ret = rawmemchr(argv[0], 'x');
	  printf("%s\n", ret);
	} 

The program is meant to print a substring of argv[0], but it may end up printing some portion of memory above argv[0].

This issue is similar to a string termination error, where the programmer relies on a character array to contain a null terminator.


Related Attacks


Related Vulnerabilities

Related Controls


Related Technical Impacts


References

TBD