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Bug 225496

Summary: CVE-2007-0555 PostgreSQL arbitrary memory read flaws (CVE-2007-0556)
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Reporter: Josh Bressers <bressers>
Component: postgresqlAssignee: Tom Lane <tgl>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Priority: medium    
Version: 5.0CC: hhorak, security-response-team
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OS: Linux   
Whiteboard: reported=20070129,source=redhat,impact=moderate,embargo=20070205
Fixed In Version: RHSA-2007-0068 Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-03-14 15:02:19 UTC Type: ---
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Description Josh Bressers 2007-01-30 22:09:33 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #225493 +++

An authenticated PostgreSQL user has the ability to crash the database server or
possibly read arbitrary memory for the server process.  This is caused by
insufficient type checking for SQL-language functions.

CVE-2006-5556 also describes a similar flaw.  The description form the
PostgreSQL advisory describes it as such:

The risk scenarios are exactly the same as above, but the method to
exploit the hole is a bit different. The attacker must cause a query plan
to be prepared and saved (via PREPARE, or implicitly in a plpgsql
function) and then execute an ALTER COLUMN TYPE command to change the type
of one of the columns used in the query, and then execute the now-stale
query plan. Since ALTER COLUMN TYPE was introduced in PostgreSQL 8.0,
older versions are not vulnerable.

Comment 1 Mark J. Cox 2007-02-05 11:31:15 UTC
removing embargo; public at

Comment 2 Tom Lane 2007-02-05 14:54:12 UTC
Fix is built in postgresql-8.1.7-1.el5, awaiting RHEL5 0-day updates.

Comment 3 Tom Lane 2007-02-06 23:33:20 UTC
It turns out that the security fix in 8.1.7 broke enough things that it's going
to have to be modified.  I'm withdrawing postgresql-8.1.7-1.el5 as a candidate
for RHEL5 0-day.  Upstream is going to spin an 8.1.8 with the fix shortly
(probably tonight) and I recommend we go with that instead.

Comment 9 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-03-14 15:02:19 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.