GLSA 200908-06 CDF: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 08/19/2009 12:55 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200908-06
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: CDF: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: August 18, 2009
Bugs: #278679
ID: 200908-06

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Synopsis
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Multiple heap-based buffer overflows in CDF might result in the
execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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CDF is a library for the Common Data Format which is a self-describing
data format for the storage and manipulation of scalar and
multidimensional data. It is developed by the NASA.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sci-libs/cdf lt; 3.3.0 gt;= 3.3.0

Description
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Leon Juranic reported multiple heap-based buffer overflows for instance
in the ReadAEDRList64(), SearchForRecord_r_64(), LastRecord64(), and
CDFsel64() functions.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted CDF
file, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running the application, or a Denial of Service.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All CDF users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose =sci-libs/cdf-3.3.0

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-2850
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2850

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-200908-06.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
https://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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