[PATCH] hostap_plx: fix CIS verification

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Fri Oct 20 18:19:43 PDT 2006

On Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 06:20:15PM -0400, Pavel Roskin wrote:

> The record length for numerical manufacturer ID should be at least 4
> bytes (two 16-bit words).  The code required 5 bytes, which would break
> for most (if not all) cards.  Reported by ph35sm at free.fr

>  		case CISTPL_MANFID:
> -			if (cis[pos + 1] < 5)
> +			if (cis[pos + 1] < 4)

Hmm.. Interesting. I think this was changed from 4 to 5 due to a
potential buffer overflow as reported by Coverity tools.. In addition, I
think that I spent long time trying to understand why it could be a
buffer overflow and since it was changed, likely finally figured out an
example case.. Alas, I don't remember what exactly this was anymore.

It looks like the comparison of the length field to be <5 was incorrect,
but in order to avoid re-introducing any potential buffer overflows,
that condition could be extended to verify that pos is small enough..
Something like (cis[pos + 1] < 4 && pos + 5 < CIS_MAX_LEN) could be a
better fix here. I don't have easy access to PLX cards anymore, so this
is untested and I'm too lazy to copy this function into a separate
program to run it against CIS dumps.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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