GLSA 200907-08 Multiple Ralink wireless drivers: Execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 07/12/2009 07:10 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Multiple Ralink wireless drivers: Execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200907-08
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Multiple Ralink wireless drivers: Execution of arbitrary
code
Date: July 12, 2009
Bugs: #257023
ID: 200907-08

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Synopsis
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An integer overflow in multiple Ralink wireless drivers might lead to
the execution of arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

Background
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All listed packages are external kernel modules that provide drivers
for multiple Ralink devices. ralink-rt61 is released by ralinktech.com,
the other packages by the rt2x00.serialmonkey.com project.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 rt2400 lt;= 1.2.2_beta3 Vulnerable!
2 rt2500 lt;= 1.1.0_pre2007071515 Vulnerable!
3 rt2570 lt;= 20070209 Vulnerable!
4 rt61 lt;= 1.1.0_beta2 Vulnerable!
5 ralink-rt61 lt;= 1.1.1.0 Vulnerable!
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NOTE: Certain packages are still vulnerable. Users should migrate
to another package if one is available or wait for the
existing packages to be marked stable by their
architecture maintainers.
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5 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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Aviv reported an integer overflow in multiple Ralink wireless card
drivers when processing a probe request packet with a long SSID,
possibly related to an integer signedness error.

Impact
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A physically proximate attacker could send specially crafted packets to
a user who has wireless networking enabled, possibly resulting in the
execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

Workaround
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Unload the kernel modules.

Resolution
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All external kernel modules have been masked and we recommend that
users unmerge those drivers. The Linux mainline kernel has equivalent
support for these devices and the vulnerability has been resolved in
stable versions of sys-kernel/gentoo-sources.

# emerge --unmerge "net-wireless/rt2400"
# emerge --unmerge "net-wireless/rt2500"
# emerge --unmerge "net-wireless/rt2570"
# emerge --unmerge "net-wireless/rt61"
# emerge --unmerge "net-wireless/ralink-rt61"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-0282
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0282

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200907-08.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 2009 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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