GLSA 200611-08 RPM: Buffer overflow
Posted on: 11/14/2006 01:40 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - RPM: Buffer overflow. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200611-08
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: RPM: Buffer overflow
Date: November 13, 2006
Bugs: #154218
ID: 200611-08

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Synopsis
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RPM is vulnerable to a buffer overflow and possibly the execution of
arbitrary code when opening specially crafted packages.

Background
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The Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) is a command line driven package
management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying,
querying, and updating computer software packages.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-arch/rpm lt; 4.4.6-r3 gt;= 4.4.6-r3

Description
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Vladimir Mosgalin has reported that when processing certain packages,
RPM incorrectly allocates memory for the packages, possibly causing a
heap-based buffer overflow.

Impact
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An attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted RPM package
and execute code with the privileges of that user if certain locales
are set.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All RPM users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-arch/rpm-4.4.6-r3"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-5466
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5466

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-200611-08.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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