pam-krb5 2020-03-30 Advisory

Vulnerability type: Buffer overflow
Versions affected: All versions prior to 4.8
Versions fixed: 4.9 and later
Discovered: 2020-03-02
Public announcement: 2020-03-30
CVE ID: CVE-2020-10595

During a refactor of my pam-krb5 Kerberos PAM module, I discovered a single byte buffer overflow that had been there since either the first version of the module or very early in its development. During prompting initiated by the Kerberos library, an attacker who enters a response exactly as long as the length of the buffer provided by the underlying Kerberos library will cause pam-krb5 to write a single nul byte past the end of that buffer.

The effect of this buffer overflow will depend on the buffer allocation strategy of the underlying Kerberos library, but could result in heap corruption or a single-byte overwrite of another stack variable, with unknown consequences. Conceivably, remote code execution could be possible, although I believe it would be difficult to achieve.

Under normal usage of this PAM module, it never does prompting initiated by the Kerberos library, and thus most configurations will not be readily vulnerable to this bug. Kerberos-library-initiated prompting generally only happens with the no_prompt PAM configuration option, PKINIT, or other non-password preauth mechanisms.

I do not believe this vulnerability is publicly known, and am not aware of any exploits in the wild.

This problem has been fixed in pam-krb5 4.9, available from:

pam-krb5 was released as the libpam-krb5 and libpam-heimdal packages with Debian 4.0 (etch) and later. These vulnerabilities have been fixed in the 4.7-4+deb9u1 version of the libpam-krb5 Debian package for Debian 9.0 (stretch) and the 4.8-2+deb10u1 version for Debian 10.0 (buster). They have also been fixed in the 4.9-1 package for Debian unstable (sid).

Last modified and spun 2020-03-31