GLSA 200504-09: Axel: Vulnerability in HTTP redirection handling
Posted on: 04/12/2005 07:11 PM

An Axel security update is available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200504-09
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Axel: Vulnerability in HTTP redirection handling
Date: April 12, 2005
Bugs: #88264
ID: 200504-09

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow vulnerability has been found in Axel which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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Axel is a console-based FTP/HTTP download accelerator.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-misc/axel lt; 1.0b gt;= 1.0b

Description
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A possible buffer overflow has been reported in the HTTP redirection handling code in conn.c.

Impact
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A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by setting up a malicious site and enticing a user to connect to it. This could possibly lead to the execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Axel.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Axel users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=net-misc/axel-1.0b"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-0390
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0390

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-200504-09.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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