GLSA 200909-13 irssi: Execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 09/12/2009 05:40 PM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200909-13
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: irssi: Execution of arbitrary code
Date: September 12, 2009
Bugs: #271875
ID: 200909-13

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Synopsis
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A remotely exploitable off-by-one error leading to a heap overflow was
found in irssi which might result in the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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irssi is a modular textUI IRC client with IPv6 support.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-irc/irssi lt; 0.8.13-r1 gt;=3D 0.8.13-r1

Description
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Nemo discovered an off-by-one error leading to a heap overflow in
irssi's event_wallops() parsing function.

Impact
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A remote attacker might entice a user to connect to a malicious IRC
server, use a man-in-the-middle attack to redirect a user to such a
server or use ircop rights to send a specially crafted WALLOPS message,
which might result in the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running irssi.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All irssi users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose =3Dnet-irc/irssi-0.8.13-r1

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-1959
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=3DCVE-2009-1959

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-200909-13.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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