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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:26 pm    Post subject: [ GLSA 200804-02 ] bzip2: Denial of Service Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: bzip2: Denial of Service (GLSA 200804-02)
Severity: normal
Exploitable: remote
Date: April 02, 2008
Bug(s): #213820
ID: 200804-02

Synopsis

A buffer overread vulnerability has been discovered in Bzip2.

Background

bzip2 is a free and open source lossless data compression program.

Affected Packages

Package: app-arch/bzip2
Vulnerable: < 1.0.5
Unaffected: >= 1.0.5
Architectures: All supported architectures


Description

The Oulu University discovered that bzip2 does not properly check offsets provided by the bzip2 file, leading to a buffer overread.

Impact

Remote attackers can entice a user or automated system to open a specially crafted file that triggers a buffer overread, causing a Denial of Service. libbz2 and programs linking against it are also affected.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All bzip2 users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-arch/bzip2-1.0.5"


References

CVE-2008-1372
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