GLSA 200405-18: Buffer Overflow in Firebird
Posted on: 05/23/2004 01:39 PM

A Firebird has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200405-18
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Buffer Overflow in Firebird
Date: May 23, 2004
Bugs: #20837
ID: 200405-18

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow via environmental variables in Firebird may allow a local user to manipulate or destroy local databases and trojan the Firebird binaries.

Background
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Firebird is an open source relational database that runs on Linux, Windows, and various UNIX systems.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-db/firebird < 1.5 >= 1.5

Description
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A buffer overflow exists in three Firebird binaries (gds_inet_server, gds_lock_mgr, and gds_drop) that is exploitable by setting a large value to the INTERBASE environment variable.

Impact
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An attacker could control program execution, allowing privilege escalation to the UID of Firebird, full access to Firebird databases, and trojaning the Firebird binaries. An attacker could use this to compromise other user or root accounts.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround.

Resolution
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All users should upgrade to the latest version of Firebird:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=dev-db/firebird-1.5"
# emerge ">=dev-db/firebird-1.5"

References
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[ 1 ] Bugtraq Security Announcement
http://securityfocus.com/bid/7546/info/
[ 2 ] Sourceforge BugTracker Announcement

http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=9028atid=109028func=detailaid=739480

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-200405-18.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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