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Oracle Java Runtime Environment Heap Out-of-Bounds Read During TTF Font Rendering
A heap-based out-of-bounds read was observed in Oracle Java Runtime Environment version 8u202 (latest at the time of this writing) while fuzz-testing the processing of TrueType fonts. It manifests itself in the form of the following (or similar) crash:

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  $ bin/java -cp . DisplaySfntFont test.ttf
  Iteration (0,0)
  # A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment:
  #  SIGSEGV (0xb) at pc=0x00007f42e9a30f79, pid=43119, tid=0x00007f431d7fc700
  # JRE version: Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (8.0_202-b08) (build 1.8.0_202-b08)
  # Java VM: Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (25.202-b08 mixed mode linux-amd64 compressed oops)
  # Problematic frame:
  # C  []  AlternateSubstitutionSubtable::process(LEReferenceTo<AlternateSubstitutionSubtable> const&, GlyphIterator*, LEErrorCode&, LEGlyphFilter const*) const+0xe9
  # Failed to write core dump. Core dumps have been disabled. To enable core dumping, try "ulimit -c unlimited" before starting Java again
  # An error report file with more information is saved as:
  # jre/8u202/hs_err_pid43119.log
  # If you would like to submit a bug report, please visit:
  # The crash happened outside the Java Virtual Machine in native code.
  # See problematic frame for where to report the bug.
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Under gdb, we can find out that the AlternateSubstitutionSubtable::process function attempts to access an invalid memory region:

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  gdb$ c
  Iteration (0,0)

  Thread 2 "java" received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
  RAX: 0x0
  RBX: 0x7ffff7fbbc34 --> 0x0
  RCX: 0xfff6
  RDX: 0x8066
  R12: 0x7ffff0237946 --> 0x100f6ff26000100
     0x7fffcc1aaf72 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+226>:
      movzx  ecx,cx
     0x7fffcc1aaf75 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+229>:
      cmp    ecx,edx
     0x7fffcc1aaf77 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+231>:
      jle    0x7fffcc1aaf3e <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+174>
  => 0x7fffcc1aaf79 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+233>:
      movzx  eax,WORD PTR [r12+rdx*2+0x6]
     0x7fffcc1aaf7f <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+239>:
      xor    edx,edx
     0x7fffcc1aaf81 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+241>:
      rol    ax,0x8
     0x7fffcc1aaf85 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+245>:
      movzx  eax,ax
     0x7fffcc1aaf88 <_ZNK29AlternateSubstitutionSubtable7processERK13LEReferenceToIS_EP13GlyphIteratorR11LEErrorCodePK13LEGlyphFilter+248>:
      add    r12,rax
  Legend: code, data, rodata, value
  Stopped reason: SIGSEGV
  0x00007fffcc1aaf79 in AlternateSubstitutionSubtable::process(LEReferenceTo<AlternateSubstitutionSubtable> const&, GlyphIterator*, LEErrorCode&, LEGlyphFilter const*) const () from jre/8u202/lib/amd64/
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The crash reproduces on both Windows and Linux platforms. On Windows, the crash manifests in the following way:

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  (5ae8.5c58): Access violation - code c0000005 (first chance)
  First chance exceptions are reported before any exception handling.
  This exception may be expected and handled.
  00007ffa`0d6211a9 0fb74c4306      movzx   ecx,word ptr [rbx+rax*2+6] ds:00000000`4484a028=????
  0:004> ? rbx
  Evaluate expression: 1149476694 = 00000000`44839f56
  0:004> ? rax
  Evaluate expression: 32870 = 00000000`00008066
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Attached with this report is the mutated testcase, and a simple Java program used to reproduce the vulnerability by loading TrueType fonts specified through a command-line parameter.

Proof of Concept:

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