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Bug 79868

Summary: define STDIN dumps core - Segmentation Fault
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Timothy Burt <tburt>
Component: phpAssignee: Joe Orton <jorton>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Version: 7.3CC: alan, mjc
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Description Timothy Burt 2002-12-17 17:38:40 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)

Description of problem:
If executed from a shell prompt.

The following code fragment dumps core:


This has been tested with PHP Version 4.1.2 on a fully patched up:
Red Hat Linux release 7.0 (Guinness)
Kernel 2.2.19-7.0.16 on an i686

Red Hat Linux release 7.3 (Valhalla)
Kernel 2.4.18-3

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. create the three line script
2. ./scriptname
3. Segmentation fault (core dumped) OR 
    Segmentation fault

Actual Results:  Segmentation fault

Additional info:

My scripts are broken.  I don't know of a workaround.

Does anybody know of a way to capture STDIN without core dumping?

Core Dumps = Potential for exploit.

Comment 1 Mark J. Cox 2002-12-18 14:29:41 UTC
Removing security status, this isn't a security issue.  A segmentation fault you
cause by crashing a program that is running as yourself isn't a vulnerability.

Comment 2 Timothy Burt 2002-12-18 15:05:07 UTC
Thanks for the quick reply.

However, if this script is called from a webpage (php is after all a web 
scripting language), and it creates a segmentation fault, then isn't there the 
possibility that this could become a remote exploit?  Not a root exploit, since 
Apache no longer runs as root, but at least to the privlege level of the 
webserver (Apache)?

Could a hosting client ftp the example script to a server and possibly obtain 
Apache privleges by running the script from a browser?

Is this a security issue?

Thanks again for the prompt reply.  I will let you be the judge.

Comment 3 Timothy Burt 2002-12-18 15:14:22 UTC
I just finished a compile of PHP 4.2.2 from the RH 8.0 distribution, and it 
does not core dump.

I copied the executable to /usr/bin/php422, and I call it explicitly from my 

This is a satisfactory workaround for me.

You can go ahead and close this bug with the usual "Fixed in Rawhide".

Comment 4 Alan Cox 2002-12-18 18:54:56 UTC
Works for me in 8.0

I agree its security since hosting sites for example may allow secure php stuff
but this might allow shell access. Until we know why it crashes I think its a bug