Apache Chunked-Encoding Memory Corruption Vulnerability

When processing requests coded with the 'Chunked Encoding' mechanism, Apache fails to properly calculate required buffer sizes. This is believed to be due to improper (signed) interpretation of an unsigned integer value. Consequently, several conditions that have security implications may occur. Reportedly, a buffer overrun and signal race condition occur. Exploiting these conditions may allow arbitrary code to run.

**Update**: Reportedly, at least one worm is exploiting this vulnerability to propagate in the wild. The worm targets FreeBSD 4.5 systems running Apache 1.3.22-24 and 1.3.20. Other versions may also be affected.


 

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