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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:26 am    Post subject: [ GLSA 200609-13 ] gzip: Multiple vulnerabilities Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: gzip: Multiple vulnerabilities (GLSA 200609-13)
Severity: normal
Exploitable: remote
Date: September 23, 2006
Bug(s): #145511
ID: 200609-13

Synopsis

gzip is affected by multiple vulnerabilities, including buffer overflows and infinite loops, possibly allowing the execution of arbitrary code.

Background

gzip, the GNU zip compression utility, is a free and patent unencumbered replacement for the standard compress utility.

Affected Packages

Package: app-arch/gzip
Vulnerable: < 1.3.5-r9
Unaffected: >= 1.3.5-r9
Architectures: All supported architectures


Description

Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team has reported multiple vulnerabilities in gzip. A stack buffer modification vulnerability was discovered in the LZH decompression code, where a pathological data stream may result in the modification of stack data such as frame pointer, return address or saved registers. A static buffer underflow was discovered in the pack decompression support, allowing a specially crafted pack archive to underflow a .bss buffer. A static buffer overflow was uncovered in the LZH decompression code, allowing a data stream consisting of pathological huffman codes to overflow a .bss buffer. Multiple infinite loops were also uncovered in the LZH decompression code.

Impact

A remote attacker may create a specially crafted gzip archive, which when decompressed by a user or automated system exectues arbitrary code with the privileges of the user id invoking gzip. The infinite loops may be abused by an attacker to disrupt any automated systems invoking gzip to handle data decompression.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All gzip users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-arch/gzip-1.3.5-r9"


References

CVE-2006-4334
CVE-2006-4335
CVE-2006-4336
CVE-2006-4337
CVE-2006-4338


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