GLSA 200506-07: Ettercap: Format string vulnerability
Posted on: 06/12/2005 05:23 AM

An Ettercap security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200506-07
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Ettercap: Format string vulnerability
Date: June 11, 2005
Bugs: #94474
ID: 200506-07

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Synopsis
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A format string vulnerability in Ettercap could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Background
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Ettercap is a suite of tools for content filtering, sniffing and man in the middle attacks on a LAN.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-analyzer/ettercap lt; 0.7.3 gt;= 0.7.3

Description
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The curses_msg function of Ettercap's Ncurses-based user interface insecurely implements formatted printing.

Impact
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A remote attacker could craft a malicious network flow that would result in executing arbitrary code with the rights of the user running the Ettercap tool, which is often root.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Ettercap users should upgrade to the latest available version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=net-analyzer/ettercap-0.7.3"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2005-1796
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-1796

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-200506-07.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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