GLSA 200704-15 MadWifi: Multiple vulnerabilities
Posted on: 04/17/2007 11:55 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - MadWifi: Multiple vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200704-15
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: MadWifi: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: April 17, 2007
Bugs: #173434
ID: 200704-15

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Synopsis
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Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the MadWifi driver,
possibly leading to a Denial of Service and information disclosure.

Background
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The MadWifi driver provides support for Atheros based IEEE 802.11
Wireless Lan cards.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-wireless/madwifi-ng lt; 0.9.3 gt;= 0.9.3

Description
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The driver does not properly process Channel Switch Announcement
Information Elements, allowing for an abnormal channel change. The
ieee80211_input() function does not properly handle AUTH frames and the
driver sends unencrypted packets before WPA authentication succeeds.

Impact
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A remote attacker could send specially crafted AUTH frames to the
vulnerable host, resulting in a Denial of Service by crashing the
kernel. A remote attacker could gain access to sensitive information
about network architecture by sniffing unencrypted packets. A remote
attacker could also send a Channel Switch Count less than or equal to
one to trigger a channel change, resulting in a communication loss and
a Denial of Service.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All MadWifi users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=net-wireless/madwifi-ng-0.9.3"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2007-7178
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-7178
[ 2 ] CVE-2007-7179
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-7179
[ 3 ] CVE-2007-7180
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-7180

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-200704-15.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 2007 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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