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Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:47:07 +0100
From: Berend-Jan Wever <>
To:, Bugtraq <>
Subject: [FD] CVE-2013-6627: Chrome Chrome HTTP 1xx
 base::StringTokenizerT<...>::QuickGetNext OOBR

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that triggered this issue in addition to the information below, it also
provides code snippets for the affected code, and a diagram that
attempts to explain the memory layout.

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Chrome HTTP 1xx base::StringTokenizerT<...>::QuickGetNext OOBR

A specially crafted HTTP response can allow a malicious web-page to
trigger a out-of-bounds read vulnerability in Google Chrome. The data is
read from the main process' memory.

Known affected software, attack vectors and potential mitigations
* Google Chrome up to, but not including, 31.0.1650.48

  An attacker would need to get a target user to open a specially
  crafted web-page. Disabling JavaScript does not prevent an attacker
  from triggering the vulnerable code path, but may prevent
  exfiltration of information.

  Since the affected code has not been changed since 2009, I assume this
  affects all versions of Chrome released in the last few years.

The `HttpStreamParser` class is used to send HTTP requests and receive
HTTP responses. Its `read_buf_` member is a buffer used to store HTTP
response data received from the server. Parts of the code are written
under the assumption that the response currently being parsed is always
stored at the start of this buffer (as returned by
`read_buf_->StartOfBuffer()`), other parts take into account that this
may not be the case (`read_buf_->StartOfBuffer() +
read_buf_unused_offset_`). In most cases, responses are removed from the
buffer once they have been parsed and any superfluous data is moved to
the beginning of the buffer, to be treated as part of the next response.
However, the code special cases `HTTP 1xx` replies and returns a result
without removing the request from the buffer. This means that the
response to the next request will not be stored at the start of the
buffer, but after this `HTTP 1xx` response and `read_buf_unused_offset_`
should be used to find where it starts.

A look through the code has revealed one location where this can lead to
a security issue (also in `DoReadHeadersComplete`). The code uses an
offset from the start of the buffer (rather than the start of the
current responses) to pass as an argument to a `DoParseResponseHeaders`.
`DoParseResponseHeaders` passes the argument unchanged to
`HttpUtil::AssembleRawHeaders`. The `HttpUtil::AssembleRawHeaders`
method takes two arguments: a pointer to a buffer, and the length of the
buffer. The pointer is calculated correctly (in
`DoParseResponseHeaders`) and points to the
start of the current response. The length is the offset that was
calculated incorrectly in `DoReadHeadersComplete`. If the current
response is preceded by a `HTTP 1xx` response in the buffer, this length
is larger than it should be: the calculated value will be the correct
length plus the size of the previous `HTTP 1xx` response

The code will continue to rely on this incorrect value to try to create
a copy of the headers, inadvertently making a copy of data that is not
part of this response and may not even be part of the `read_buf_`
buffer. This could cause the code to copy data from memory that is
stored immediately after `read_buf_` into a string that represents the
response headers. This string is passed to the renderer process that
made the request, allowing a web-page inside the sandbox to read memory
from the main process' heap.

The impact depends on what happens to be stored on the heap immediately
following the buffer. Since a web-page can influence the activities of
the main process (e.g. it can ask it to make other HTTP requests), a
certain amount of control over the heap layout is possible. An attacker
could attempt to create a "heap feng shui"-like attack where careful
manipulation of the main process' activities allow reading of various
types of information from the main process' heap. The most obvious
targets that come to mind are http request/response data for different
domains, such as log-in cookies, or session keys and function pointers
that can be used to bypass ASLR/DEP. There are undoubtedly many other
forms of interesting information that can be revealed in this way.

There are little limits to the number of times an attacker can exploit
this vulnerability, assuming the attacker can avoid triggering an access
violation: if the buffer happens to be stored at the end of the heap,
attempts to exploit this vulnerability could trigger an access
violation/segmentation fault when the code attempts to read beyond the
buffer from unallocated memory addresses.

I identified and tested two approaches to fixing this bug:
+ Fix the code where it relies on the response being stored at the
  start of the buffer.
  This addresses the incorrect addressing of memory that causes this
  vulnerability in various parts of the code. The design to keep HTTP
  1xx responses in the buffer remains unchanged.

+ Remove HTTP 1xx responses from the buffer.
  There was inline documentation in the source that explained why HTTP
  1xx responses were handled in a special way, but it didn't make much
  sense to me. This fix changes the design to no longer keep the HTTP
  1xx response in the buffer. There is an added benefit to this fix in
  that it removes a potential DoS attack, where a server responds with
  many large HTTP 1xx replies, all of which are kept in memory and
  eventually cause an OOM crash in the main process.

The later fix was eventually implemented.

* 27 September 2013: This vulnerability and two patches were submitted
  to the Chromium bugtracker.
* 2 October 2013: A patch for this vulnerability was submitted by
* 12 November 2013: This vulnerability was address in version
* 19 December 2016: Details of this vulnerability are released.



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