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LIN6-11902 : Security Advisory - libcurl - CVE-2016-8619

Created: Oct 31, 2016    Updated: Dec 3, 2018
Resolved Date: Nov 8, 2016
Found In Version: 6.0
Fix Version:
Severity: Standard
Applicable for: Wind River Linux 6
Component/s: Userspace



In curl's implementation of the Kerberos authentication mechanism, the
function `read_data()` in security.c is used to fill the necessary krb5
structures. When reading one of the length fields from the socket, it fails to
ensure that the length parameter passed to realloc() is not set to 0.

This would lead to realloc() getting called with a zero size and when doing so
realloc() returns NULL *and* frees the memory - in contrary to normal
realloc() fails where it only returns NULL - causing libcurl to free the
memory *again* in the error path.

This flaw could be triggered by a malicious or just otherwise ill-behaving

We are not aware of any exploit of this flaw.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name
CVE-2016-XXXX to this issue.


This flaw exists in the following curl versions

- Affected versions: curl 7.3 to and including 7.50.3
- Not affected versions: curl < 7.3 and curl >= 7.51.0

libcurl is used by many applications, but not always advertised as such!


In version 7.51.0, the function reading data will consider reading a zero size
to be an error and bail out.

A [patch for CVE-2016-XXXX]( is available.


We suggest you take one of the following actions immediately, in order of

  A - Upgrade curl and libcurl to version 7.51.0

  B - Apply the patch to your version and rebuild

  C - Do not use KRB5

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