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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2015-7181

Severity High
Score 7.5/10

Summary

The sec_asn1d_parse_leaf function in Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) before 3.19.2.1 and 3.20.x before 3.20.1, as used in Firefox before 42.0 and Firefox ESR 38.x before 38.4 and other products, improperly restricts access to an unspecified data structure, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via crafted OCTET STRING data, related to a "use-after-poison" issue.

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  • NETWORK
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  • PARTIAL
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CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.

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Advisory Timeline

  • Published