GLSA 200411-01: ppp: Remote denial of service vulnerability
Posted on: 11/01/2004 04:46 PM

A ppp security update is available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200411-01
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: ppp: Remote denial of service vulnerability
Date: November 01, 2004
Bugs: #69152
ID: 200411-01

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Synopsis
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pppd contains a vulnerability that may allow an attacker to crash the server.

Background
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ppp is a Unix implementation of the Point-to-Point Protocol.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-dialup/ppp < 2.4.2-r7 >= 2.4.2-r7

Description
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The pppd server improperly verifies header fields, making it vulnerable to denial of service attacks.

Impact
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An attacker can cause the pppd server to access memory that it isn't allowed to, causing the server to crash. No code execution is possible with this vulnerability, because no data is getting copied.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All ppp users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-dialup/ppp-2.4.2-r7"

References
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[ 1 ] BugTraq Advisory
http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/379450

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-200411-01.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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