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On 03/15/2012 12:39 PM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> Version 2.3.6 of mod-fcgid (the current published version from ASF
> according to ) has a known problem that FcgidMaxProcessesPerClass
> directives are not honored when they appear inside a VirtualHost stanza.
> This is presents a risk for a denial of service because it means that
> a remote attacker can violate the intent of the admin and overwhelm
> the server running fcgid.
> Could a CVE be assigned for this vulnerability?
> If the admin declares that a given virtualhost should be limited to X
> fastcgi processes (often in order to constrain RAM usage by the
> vhost), any remote user can issue X+1 (or 10X, or whatever) concurrent
> GET requests, which defeats the documented limit, and can result in
> heavy swap or the oom-killer, which can cause a DoS on other services
> on the host.
> This bug has been fixed since the release of 2.3.6 in upstream's svn
> (r1037727 of https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/httpd/mod_fcgid/trunk)
> with a narrowly-targeted one-line patch:
> --- modules/fcgid/fcgid_spawn_ctl.c (revision 1037726)
> +++ modules/fcgid/fcgid_spawn_ctl.c (revision 1037727)
> @@ -178,7 +178,7 @@
> if (current_node->inode == command->inode
> && current_node->deviceid == command->deviceid
> && !strcmp(current_node->cmdline, command->cmdline)
> - && current_node->vhost_id == sconf->vhost_id
> + && current_node->vhost_id == command->vhost_id
> && current_node->uid == command->uid
> && current_node->gid == command->gid)
> But this patch hasn't made it to any released version.
> Debian has plans to release a Debian Security Advisory for the issue
> and will resolve it with the above patch.
> This problem is also documented at:
>  https://httpd.apache.org/mod_fcgid/
Please use CVE-2012-1181 for this issue.
-- -- Kurt Seifried / Red Hat Security Response Team