GLSA 200410-01: sharutils: Buffer overflows in shar.c
Posted on: 10/01/2004 10:57 AM

A sharutils update is available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200410-01
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: sharutils: Buffer overflows in shar.c and unshar.c
Date: October 01, 2004
Bugs: #65773
ID: 200410-01

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Synopsis
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sharutils contains two buffer overflow vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution.

Background
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sharutils contains utilities to manage shell archives.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-arch/sharutils <= 4.2.1-r9 >= 4.2.1-r10

Description
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sharutils contains two buffer overflows. Ulf Harnhammar discovered a buffer overflow in shar.c, where the length of data returned by the wc command is not checked. Florian Schilhabel discovered another buffer overflow in unshar.c.

Impact
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An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary code as the user running one of the sharutils programs.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All sharutils users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=app-arch/sharutils-4.2.1-r10"
# emerge ">=app-arch/sharutils-4.2.1-r10"

References
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[ 1 ] Debian Bug #265904
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=265904

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-200410-01.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 Foundation, 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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