GLSA 200405-08: Pound format string vulnerability
Posted on: 05/19/2004 04:47 AM

A Pound update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200405-08
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Pound format string vulnerability
Date: May 18, 2004
Bugs: #50421
ID: 200405-08

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Synopsis
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There is a format string flaw in Pound, allowing remote execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the Pound process.

Background
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Pound is a reverse proxy, load balancer and HTTPS front-end. It allows to distribute the load on several web servers and offers a SSL wrapper for web servers that do not support SSL directly.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-www/pound <= 1.5 >= 1.6

Description
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A format string flaw in the processing of syslog messages was discovered and corrected in Pound.

Impact
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This flaw may allow remote execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the Pound daemon process. By default, Gentoo uses the "nobody" user to run the Pound daemon.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time. All users are advised to upgrade to the latest available version of Pound.

Resolution
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All users of Pound should upgrade to the latest stable version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=net-www/pound-1.6"
# emerge ">=net-www/pound-1.6"

References
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[ 1 ] Pound announcement
http://www.apsis.ch/pound/pound_list/archive/2003/2003-12/1070234315000#1070234315000

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200405-08.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Technologies, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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