GLSA 200511-23 chmlib, KchmViewer: Stack-based buffer overflow
Posted on: 11/28/2005 12:42 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - chmlib, KchmViewer: Stack-based buffer overflow. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200511-23
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: chmlib, KchmViewer: Stack-based buffer overflow
Date: November 28, 2005
Bugs: #110557
ID: 200511-23

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Synopsis
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chmlib and KchmViewer contain a buffer overflow vulnerability which may
lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
==========

chmlib is a library for dealing with Microsoft ITSS and CHM format
files. KchmViewer is a CHM viewer that includes its own copy of the
chmlib library.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-doc/chmlib lt; 0.37.4 gt;= 0.37.4
2 app-doc/kchmviewer lt; 1.1 gt;= 1.1
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2 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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Sven Tantau reported about a buffer overflow vulnerability in chmlib.
The function "_chm_decompress_block()" does not properly perform
boundary checking, resulting in a stack-based buffer overflow.

Impact
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By convincing a user to open a specially crafted ITSS or CHM file,
using KchmViewer or a program makes use of chmlib, a remote attacker
could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running
the software.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All chmlib users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-doc/chmlib-0.37.4"

All KchmViewer users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-doc/kchmviewer-1.1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2005-3318
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2005-3318

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-200511-23.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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