GLSA 200503-36: netkit-telnetd: Buffer overflow
Posted on: 03/31/2005 01:43 PM

A netkit-telnetd security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200503-36
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: netkit-telnetd: Buffer overflow
Date: March 31, 2005
Bugs: #87211
ID: 200503-36

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Synopsis
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The netkit-telnetd telnet client is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, which could allow a malicious telnet server operator to execute arbitrary code.

Background
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netkit-telnetd provides standard Linux telnet client and server.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-misc/netkit-telnetd lt; 0.17-r6 gt;= 0.17-r6

Description
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A buffer overflow has been identified in the slc_add_reply() function of netkit-telnetd client, where a large number of SLC commands can overflow a fixed size buffer.

Impact
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Successful explotation would require a vulnerable user to connect to an attacker-controlled host using telnet, potentially executing arbitrary code with the permissions of the telnet user.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All netkit-telnetd users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=net-misc/netkit-telnetd-0.17-r6"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-0469
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0469
[ 2 ] iDEFENSE Advisory 03-28-05

http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=220type=vulnerabilities

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-200503-36.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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