GLSA 200811-04 Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 11/09/2008 10:15 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200811-04
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: November 09, 2008
Bugs: #240636
ID: 200811-04

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow in Graphviz might lead to user-assisted execution of
arbitrary code via a DOT file.

Background
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Graphviz is an open source graph visualization software.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-gfx/graphviz lt; 2.20.3 gt;= 2.20.3

Description
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Roee Hay reported a stack-based buffer overflow in the push_subg()
function in parser.y when processing a DOT file with a large number of
Agraph_t elements.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to open a
specially crafted DOT file in an application using Graphviz, possibly
leading to the execution of arbitrary code.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Graphviz users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=media-gfx/graphviz-2.20.3"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-4555
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4555

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-200811-04.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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