cookie injection for other servers
Project curl Security Advisory, November 2, 2016 - Permalink
If cookie state is written into a cookie jar file that is later read back and used for subsequent requests, a malicious HTTP server can inject new cookies for arbitrary domains into said cookie jar.
The issue pertains to the function that loads cookies into memory, which reads
the specified file into a fixed-size buffer in a line-by-line manner using the
fgets() function. If an invocation of fgets() cannot read the whole line
into the destination buffer due to it being too small, it truncates the
output. This way, a very long cookie (name + value) sent by a malicious server
would be stored in the file and subsequently that cookie could be read
partially and crafted correctly, it could be treated as a different cookie for
We are not aware of any exploit of this flaw.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2016-8615 to this issue.
CWE-187: Partial Comparison
This flaw exists in the following curl versions.
libcurl is used by many applications, but not always advertised as such!
In version 7.51.0, the cookie read function ignores too long lines.
A patch for CVE-2016-8615 is available.
We suggest you take one of the following actions immediately, in order of preference:
A - Upgrade curl and libcurl to version 7.51.0
B - Apply the patch to your version and rebuild
C - Do not use the
It was first reported to the curl project on September 23 by Cure53.
We contacted distros@openwall on October 19.
curl 7.51.0 was released on November 2 2016, coordinated with the publication of this advisory.
This vulnerability was found during a Secure Open Source audit performed by Cure53.