GLSA 200611-01 Screen: UTF-8 character handling vulnerability
Posted on: 11/03/2006 04:00 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Screen: UTF-8 character handling vulnerability. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200611-01
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Severity: High
Title: Screen: UTF-8 character handling vulnerability
Date: November 03, 2006
Bugs: #152770
ID: 200611-01

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Synopsis
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Screen contains an error in its UTF-8 character handling code that
would allow a remote Denial of Service or possibly the remote execution
of arbitrary code.

Background
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Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical
terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells.

Affected packages
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Description
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cstone and Richard Felker discovered a flaw in Screen's UTF-8 combining
character handling.

Impact
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The vulnerability can be exploited by writing a special string of
characters to a Screen window. A remote attacker could cause a Denial
of Service or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of
the user running Screen through a program being run inside a Screen
session, such as an IRC client or a mail client.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Screen users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=3Dapp-misc/screen-4.0.3"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-4573
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=3DCVE-2006-4573

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-200611-01.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/2.5



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