GLSA 200807-14 Linux Audit: Buffer overflow
Posted on: 07/31/2008 09:40 PM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200807-14
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~ http://security.gentoo.org/
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~ Severity: Normal
~ Title: Linux Audit: Buffer overflow
~ Date: July 31, 2008
~ Bugs: #215705
~ ID: 200807-14

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow vulnerability in Linux Audit may allow local
attackers to execute arbitrary code.

Background
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Linux Audit is a set of userspace utilities for storing and processing
auditing records.

Affected packages
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~ Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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~ 1 sys-process/audit lt; 1.7.3 gt;= 1.7.3

Description
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A stack-based buffer overflow has been reported in the
audit_log_user_command() function in the file lib/audit_logging.c when
processing overly long arguments.

Impact
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A local attacker could execute a specially crafted command on the host
running Linux Audit, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user running Linux Audit.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Linux Audit users should upgrade to the latest version:

~ # emerge --sync
~ # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=sys-process/audit-1.7.3"

References
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~ [ 1 ] CVE-2008-1628
~ http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1628

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-200807-14.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 2008 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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