GLSA 200608-24 AlsaPlayer: Multiple buffer overflows
Posted on: 08/26/2006 03:30 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - AlsaPlayer: Multiple buffer overflows. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200608-24
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: AlsaPlayer: Multiple buffer overflows
Date: August 26, 2006
Bugs: #143402
ID: 200608-24

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Synopsis
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AlsaPlayer is vulnerable to multiple buffer overflows which could lead
to the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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AlsaPlayer is a heavily multithreaded PCM player that tries to utilize
ALSA utilities and drivers. As of June 2004, the project is inactive.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-sound/alsaplayer lt;= 0.99.76-r3 Vulnerable!
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NOTE: Certain packages are still vulnerable. Users should migrate
to another package if one is available or wait for the
existing packages to be marked stable by their
architecture maintainers.

Description
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AlsaPlayer contains three buffer overflows: in the function that
handles the HTTP connections, the GTK interface, and the CDDB querying
mechanism.

Impact
======

An attacker could exploit the first vulnerability by enticing a user to
load a malicious URL resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with
the permissions of the user running AlsaPlayer.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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AlsaPlayer has been masked in Portage pending the resolution of these
issues. AlsaPlayer users are advised to uninstall the package until
further notice:

# emerge --ask --unmerge "media-sound/alsaplayer"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-4089
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name 06-4089

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200608-24.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 2006 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/2.5cheers



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