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CVE-2017-14149 #255

mobrien opened this Issue Sep 15, 2017 · 0 comments


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mobrien commented Sep 15, 2017


A security vulnerability affecting GoAhead versions GoAhead 3.X with specially crafted upload requests has been identified. This bulletin discusses this flaw and its implications.

This issue is identified by CVE-2017-14149


A HTTP POST request with specially crafted, invalid upload fields may cause a NULL dereferences and thus cause a denial of service.


If the required "name" field of a file upload request is omitted, the upload handler may encounter a NULL dereference.

Threat Scope

Versions 3.X. Fixed in 4.0 (which is API compatible with 3.X).


Medium. An attacker could cause a denial of service.


Apply the quick patch below to GoAhead 3.X. Alternatively, upgrade to GoAhead 4 when it is released. GoAhead 4.0 is highly compatible with GoAhead 3.6 and upgrading should be straightforward.

Quick Patch

For GoAhead 3.X users, here is a quick patch:

diff --git a/src/upload.c b/src/upload.c
index 3bbc2e1..d526492 100644
--- a/src/upload.c
+++ b/src/upload.c
@@ -373,7 +373,7 @@ static bool processContentData(Webs *wp)
             hashEnter(wp->files, wp->uploadVar, valueSymbol(file), 0);

-        } else {
+        } else if (wp->uploadVar) {

A related patch should also be applied:

diff --git a/src/upload.c b/src/upload.c
index f791947..acd6109 100644
--- a/src/upload.c
+++ b/src/upload.c
@@ -124,10 +124,11 @@ PUBLIC bool websProcessUploadData(Webs *wp)
             *nextTok++ = '\0';
             nbytes = nextTok - line;
             websConsumeInput(wp, nbytes);
             strim(line, "\r", WEBS_TRIM_END);
             len = strlen(line);
-            if (line[len - 1] == '\r') {
+            if (len > 0 && line[len - 1] == '\r') {
                 line[len - 1] = '\0';

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@mobrien mobrien added this to the 4.0.0 milestone Sep 15, 2017

@mobrien mobrien closed this Sep 15, 2017

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