GLSA 200501-10: Vilistextum: Buffer overflow vulnerability
Posted on: 01/06/2005 08:52 PM

A Vilistextum security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200501-10
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Vilistextum: Buffer overflow vulnerability
Date: January 06, 2005
Bugs: #74694
ID: 200501-10

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Synopsis
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Vilistextum is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code through the use of a malicious webpage.

Background
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Vilistextum is an HTML to text converter.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-text/vilistextum < 2.6.7 >= 2.6.7

Description
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Ariel Berkman discovered that Vilistextum unsafely reads data into an array without checking the length. This code vulnerability may lead to a buffer overflow.

Impact
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A remote attacker could craft a malicious webpage which, when converted, would result in the execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running Vilistextum.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Vilistextum users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/vilistextum-2.6.7"

References
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[ 1 ] Original Advisory
http://tigger.uic.edu/~jlongs2/holes/vilistextum.txt
[ 2 ] CAN-2004-1299
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-1299

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-200501-10.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 2005 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/2.0


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