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CVS commit: [netbsd-5-2] xsrc

Module Name:    xsrc
Committed By:   jdc
Date:           Sun Oct 13 07:25:12 UTC 2013

Modified Files:
        xsrc/external/mit/xorg-server/dist/dix [netbsd-5-2]: dixfonts.c
        xsrc/xfree/xc/programs/Xserver/dix [netbsd-5-2]: dixfonts.c

Log Message:
Pull up revisions:
  xsrc/external/mit/xorg-server/dist/dix/dixfonts.c revision 1.2 via patch
  xsrc/xfree/xc/programs/Xserver/dix/dixfonts.c revision 1.4 via patch
(requested by spz in ticket #1884).

Fix CVE-2013-4396 using a patch from:

--- snip ---
>From a4d9bf1259ad28f54b6d59a480b2009cc89ca623 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Alan Coopersmith <>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:47:16 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] Avoid use-after-free in dix/dixfonts.c: doImageText()

Save a pointer to the passed in closure structure before copying it
and overwriting the *c pointer to point to our copy instead of the
original.  If we hit an error, once we free(c), reset c to point to
the original structure before jumping to the cleanup code that
references *c.

Since one of the errors being checked for is whether the server was
able to malloc(c->nChars * itemSize), the client can potentially pass
a number of characters chosen to cause the malloc to fail and the
error path to be taken, resulting in the read from freed memory.

Since the memory is accessed almost immediately afterwards, and the
X server is mostly single threaded, the odds of the free memory having
invalid contents are low with most malloc implementations when not using
memory debugging features, but some allocators will definitely overwrite
the memory there, leading to a likely crash.

Reported-by: Pedro Ribeiro <>
Signed-off-by: Alan Coopersmith <>
Reviewed-by: Julien Cristau <>

To generate a diff of this commit:
cvs rdiff -u -r1. -r1. \
cvs rdiff -u -r1.2 -r1.2.14.1 xsrc/xfree/xc/programs/Xserver/dix/dixfonts.c

Please note that diffs are not public domain; they are subject to the
copyright notices on the relevant files.

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