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Date: 30 Jun 2008 20:46:27 -0000
Subject: Vuln name: Ruby rb_ary_fill() DOS

The advisory could be found here:

Secure Network - Security Research Advisory

Vuln name: Ruby rb_ary_fill() DOS
Systems affected: ruby 1.8.x, 1.9.x
Systems not affected: -
Severity: Medium
Local/Remote: Local/Remote
Vendor URL:
Author(s): Vincenzo "snagg" Iozzo -
Vendor disclosure: 23rd June 2008
Vendor acknowledged: 25th June 2008
Vendor patch release: 25th June 2008
Public disclosure: 30th June 2008
Advisory number: SN-2008-02
Advisory URL:

*** SUMMARY ***

Ruby is an interpreted language, used in a wide range of applications.
The specific issue is a Denial of Services vulnerability, caused by an integer overflow. However it doesn't allow arbitrary code execution.
On Ruby on Rails, an attacker may craft specific requests and by XSS (for example) can cause a legitimate user to crash the web server.


Integer overflow (Dos).
The vulnerability was found in rb_ary_fill().

Looking inside the application source code:
###### CUT HERE ######
    end = beg + len;
    if (end < 0) {
	rb_raise(rb_eArgError, "argument too big");
    if (end > RARRAY(ary)->len) {
	if (end >= RARRAY(ary)->aux.capa) {
	    REALLOC_N(RARRAY(ary)->ptr, VALUE, end);
	    RARRAY(ary)->aux.capa = end;

###### CUT HERE ######

The len value is incremented by one in a previous function and it is specified by the user. The lack of sanity check on the input, leads to an integer overflow here:

###### CUT HERE ######
 REALLOC_N(RARRAY(ary)->ptr, VALUE, end);
###### CUT HERE ######

This macro, in fact, will allocate end * VALUE. On 32bit architectures VALUE is 4. If an attacker  specifies a value of 0x3fffffff, this macro will allocate a memory region of 0, so that next time ary->ptr is accessed, it will raise a SIGSEGV.(NULL referencing)

*** EXPLOIT ***
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