[Python-checkins] bpo-32981: Fix catastrophic backtracking vulns (GH-5955)

Benjamin Peterson webhook-mailer at python.org
Sun Mar 4 00:55:10 EST 2018


https://github.com/python/cpython/commit/0902a2d6b2d1d9dbde36aeaaccf1788ceaa97143
commit: 0902a2d6b2d1d9dbde36aeaaccf1788ceaa97143
branch: 3.7
author: Miss Islington (bot) <31488909+miss-islington at users.noreply.github.com>
committer: Benjamin Peterson <benjamin at python.org>
date: 2018-03-03T21:55:07-08:00
summary:

bpo-32981: Fix catastrophic backtracking vulns (GH-5955)

* Prevent low-grade poplib REDOS (CVE-2018-1060)

The regex to test a mail server's timestamp is susceptible to
catastrophic backtracking on long evil responses from the server.

Happily, the maximum length of malicious inputs is 2K thanks
to a limit introduced in the fix for CVE-2013-1752.

A 2KB evil response from the mail server would result in small slowdowns
(milliseconds vs. microseconds) accumulated over many apop calls.
This is a potential DOS vector via accumulated slowdowns.

Replace it with a similar non-vulnerable regex.

The new regex is RFC compliant.
The old regex was non-compliant in edge cases.

* Prevent difflib REDOS (CVE-2018-1061)

The default regex for IS_LINE_JUNK is susceptible to
catastrophic backtracking.
This is a potential DOS vector.

Replace it with an equivalent non-vulnerable regex.

Also introduce unit and REDOS tests for difflib.

Co-authored-by: Tim Peters <tim.peters at gmail.com>
Co-authored-by: Christian Heimes <christian at python.org>
Co-authored-by: Jamie Davis <davisjam at vt.edu>
(cherry picked from commit 0e6c8ee2358a2e23117501826c008842acb835ac)

files:
A Misc/NEWS.d/next/Security/2018-03-02-10-24-52.bpo-32981.O_qDyj.rst
M Lib/difflib.py
M Lib/poplib.py
M Lib/test/test_difflib.py
M Lib/test/test_poplib.py
M Misc/ACKS

diff --git a/Lib/difflib.py b/Lib/difflib.py
index 82964719dc83..043a169c28be 100644
--- a/Lib/difflib.py
+++ b/Lib/difflib.py
@@ -1083,7 +1083,7 @@ def _qformat(self, aline, bline, atags, btags):
 
 import re
 
-def IS_LINE_JUNK(line, pat=re.compile(r"\s*#?\s*$").match):
+def IS_LINE_JUNK(line, pat=re.compile(r"\s*(?:#\s*)?$").match):
     r"""
     Return 1 for ignorable line: iff `line` is blank or contains a single '#'.
 
diff --git a/Lib/poplib.py b/Lib/poplib.py
index 6bcfa5cfeba3..d8a62c034327 100644
--- a/Lib/poplib.py
+++ b/Lib/poplib.py
@@ -308,7 +308,7 @@ def rpop(self, user):
         return self._shortcmd('RPOP %s' % user)
 
 
-    timestamp = re.compile(br'\+OK.*(<[^>]+>)')
+    timestamp = re.compile(br'\+OK.[^<]*(<.*>)')
 
     def apop(self, user, password):
         """Authorisation
diff --git a/Lib/test/test_difflib.py b/Lib/test/test_difflib.py
index 156b523c38c1..aaefe6db0291 100644
--- a/Lib/test/test_difflib.py
+++ b/Lib/test/test_difflib.py
@@ -466,13 +466,33 @@ def _assert_type_error(self, msg, generator, *args):
             list(generator(*args))
         self.assertEqual(msg, str(ctx.exception))
 
+class TestJunkAPIs(unittest.TestCase):
+    def test_is_line_junk_true(self):
+        for line in ['#', '  ', ' #', '# ', ' # ', '']:
+            self.assertTrue(difflib.IS_LINE_JUNK(line), repr(line))
+
+    def test_is_line_junk_false(self):
+        for line in ['##', ' ##', '## ', 'abc ', 'abc #', 'Mr. Moose is up!']:
+            self.assertFalse(difflib.IS_LINE_JUNK(line), repr(line))
+
+    def test_is_line_junk_REDOS(self):
+        evil_input = ('\t' * 1000000) + '##'
+        self.assertFalse(difflib.IS_LINE_JUNK(evil_input))
+
+    def test_is_character_junk_true(self):
+        for char in [' ', '\t']:
+            self.assertTrue(difflib.IS_CHARACTER_JUNK(char), repr(char))
+
+    def test_is_character_junk_false(self):
+        for char in ['a', '#', '\n', '\f', '\r', '\v']:
+            self.assertFalse(difflib.IS_CHARACTER_JUNK(char), repr(char))
 
 def test_main():
     difflib.HtmlDiff._default_prefix = 0
     Doctests = doctest.DocTestSuite(difflib)
     run_unittest(
         TestWithAscii, TestAutojunk, TestSFpatches, TestSFbugs,
-        TestOutputFormat, TestBytes, Doctests)
+        TestOutputFormat, TestBytes, TestJunkAPIs, Doctests)
 
 if __name__ == '__main__':
     test_main()
diff --git a/Lib/test/test_poplib.py b/Lib/test/test_poplib.py
index fd0db798ee43..bf568bd77bff 100644
--- a/Lib/test/test_poplib.py
+++ b/Lib/test/test_poplib.py
@@ -308,9 +308,19 @@ def test_noop(self):
     def test_rpop(self):
         self.assertOK(self.client.rpop('foo'))
 
-    def test_apop(self):
+    def test_apop_normal(self):
         self.assertOK(self.client.apop('foo', 'dummypassword'))
 
+    def test_apop_REDOS(self):
+        # Replace welcome with very long evil welcome.
+        # NB The upper bound on welcome length is currently 2048.
+        # At this length, evil input makes each apop call take
+        # on the order of milliseconds instead of microseconds.
+        evil_welcome = b'+OK' + (b'<' * 1000000)
+        with test_support.swap_attr(self.client, 'welcome', evil_welcome):
+            # The evil welcome is invalid, so apop should throw.
+            self.assertRaises(poplib.error_proto, self.client.apop, 'a', 'kb')
+
     def test_top(self):
         expected =  (b'+OK 116 bytes',
                      [b'From: postmaster at python.org', b'Content-Type: text/plain',
diff --git a/Misc/ACKS b/Misc/ACKS
index 4c0b0e5720e1..d598520e9385 100644
--- a/Misc/ACKS
+++ b/Misc/ACKS
@@ -356,6 +356,7 @@ Jonathan Dasteel
 Pierre-Yves David
 A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
 Jake Davis
+Jamie (James C.) Davis
 Ratnadeep Debnath
 Merlijn van Deen
 John DeGood
diff --git a/Misc/NEWS.d/next/Security/2018-03-02-10-24-52.bpo-32981.O_qDyj.rst b/Misc/NEWS.d/next/Security/2018-03-02-10-24-52.bpo-32981.O_qDyj.rst
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..9ebabb44f91e
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Misc/NEWS.d/next/Security/2018-03-02-10-24-52.bpo-32981.O_qDyj.rst
@@ -0,0 +1,4 @@
+Regexes in difflib and poplib were vulnerable to catastrophic backtracking.
+These regexes formed potential DOS vectors (REDOS). They have been
+refactored. This resolves CVE-2018-1060 and CVE-2018-1061.
+Patch by Jamie Davis.



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