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Multiple soundness issues

xcb (crates.io)
  • >=1.0


Calls std::str::from_utf8_unchecked() without any checks

The function xcb::xproto::GetAtomNameReply::name() calls std::str::from_utf8_unchecked() on the raw bytes that were received from the X11 server without any validity checks. The X11 server only prevents interior null bytes, but otherwise allows any X11 client to create an atom for arbitrary bytes.

This issue is tracked here: https://github.com/rust-x-bindings/rust-xcb/issues/96

xcb::xproto::GetPropertyReply::value() allows arbitrary return types

The function xcb::xproto::GetPropertyReply::value() returns a slice of type T where T is an unconstrained type parameter. The raw bytes received from the X11 server are interpreted as the requested type.

The users of the xcb crate are advised to only call this function with the intended types. These are u8, u16, and u32.

This issue is tracked here: https://github.com/rust-x-bindings/rust-xcb/issues/95

Out of bounds read in xcb::xproto::change_property()

xcb::xproto::change_property has (among others) the arguments format: u8 and data: &[T]. The intended use is one of the following cases:

The users of the xcb crate are advised to only call this function with one of the intended argument combinations.

This issue is tracked here: https://github.com/rust-x-bindings/rust-xcb/issues/94

'Safe' wrapper around std::mem::transmute()

The function xcb::base::cast_event() takes a reference to a xcb::base::GenericEvent and returns a reference to an arbitrary type, as requested by the caller (or found via type interference). The function is implemented as a direct call to std::mem::transmute(). Since the return type is not constrained, this allows transmution to an incorrect type or a type that is larger than the X11 event that was passed in.

X11 events are mostly always 32 bytes large and this function works as intended.

Users are advised to only cast to the event structs provided by the xcb crate (and hope for the best).

This issue is tracked here: https://github.com/rust-x-bindings/rust-xcb/issues/78

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