Allocation of Resources Without Limits or Throttling in vim/vim


Reported on

Jan 10th 2022


Memory Allocation with Excessive Size Value

Proof of Concept

base64 poc
vim  -u NONE -X -Z -e -s -S ./poc -c :qa!
==1206187==ERROR: AddressSanitizer: requested allocation size 0xfffffffffffffff8 (0x7f8 after adjustments for alignment, red zones etc.) exceeds maximum supported size of 0x10000000000 (thread T0)
    #0 0x49626d in malloc (/home/aidai/fuzzing/vim/fuzz/bin/vim+0x49626d)
    #1 0x4c5d75  (/home/aidai/fuzzing/vim/fuzz/bin/vim+0x4c5d75)
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Bram Moolenaar validated this vulnerability a year ago
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Bram Moolenaar
a year ago


I can reproduce the problem. It would cause the allocation to fail, I don't see any other side effect. I can solve it anyway.

Bram Moolenaar
a year ago


Fixed by patch 8.2.4065, which adds a simple test based on the POC.

Bram Moolenaar marked this as fixed in 8.2 with commit 3cf21b a year ago
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