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FTP wildcard out of bounds read

Project curl Security Advisory, November 29th 2017 - Permalink


libcurl contains a read out of bounds flaw in the FTP wildcard function.

libcurl's FTP wildcard matching feature, which is enabled with the CURLOPT_WILDCARDMATCH option can use a built-in wildcard function or a user provided one. The built-in wildcard function has a flaw that makes it not detect the end of the pattern string if it ends with an open bracket ([) but instead it continues reading the heap beyond the end of the URL buffer that holds the wildcard.

For applications that use HTTP(S) URLs, allow libcurl to handle redirects and have FTP wildcards enabled, this flaw can be triggered by malicious servers that can redirect clients to a URL using such a wildcard pattern.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2017-8817 to this issue.

CWE-126: Buffer Over-read

Severity: Medium


curl is used by many applications, but not always advertised as such.


In libcurl version 7.57.0, there is a better check for the end of the string. Additionally, the wildcard feature is turned off if the URL passed to libcurl is not using FTP(S), so a redirect to an FTP URL cannot trigger wildcard functionality.


We suggest you take one of the following actions immediately, in order of preference:

A - Upgrade curl to version 7.57.0

B - Apply the patch to your version and rebuild

C - Do not use CURLOPT_WILDCARDMATCH without carefully verifying the patterns used.


It was reported to the curl project on November 10, 2017. We contacted distros@openwall on November 21.

curl 7.57.10 was released on November 29 2017, coordinated with the publication of this advisory.


Thanks a lot!