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RedHat: 'ethereal' Buffer overflow vulnerability Print E-mail
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RedHat Linux Updated ethereal packages are available which fix several security problems.

                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated ethereal packages are available
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2002:088-06
Issue date:        2002-05-16
Updated on:        2002-06-04
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          ethereal asn1 crash buffer overflow
Cross references:  
CVE Names:         CAN-2002-0012 CAN-2002-0013 CAN-2002-0353 CAN-2002-0401 CAN-2002-0402 CAN-2002-0403 CAN-2002-0404

1. Topic:

Updated ethereal packages are available which fix several security problems.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, ia64

Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386

3. Problem description:

Ethereal is a package designed for monitoring network traffic on your
system.  Several security issues have been found in Ethereal:

Due to improper string and error handling in Ethereal's ASN.1 parser, it is
possible for a malformed SNMP or LDAP packet to cause a memory allocation
or buffer overrun error in Ethereal versions before 0.9.2 (CAN-2002-0013

The ASN.1 parser in Ethereal 0.9.2 and earlier allows remote attackers to
cause a denial of service (crash) via a certain malformed packet, which
causes Ethereal to allocate memory incorrectly, possibly due to zero-length
fields. (CAN-2002-0353)

The SMB dissector in Ethereal prior to version 0.9.2 allows remote
attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) or execute arbitrary code
via malformed packets that cause Ethereal to dereference a NULL pointer.

A buffer overflow in X11 dissector in Ethereal before 0.9.3 allows
remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly
execute arbitrary code while Ethereal is parsing keysyms. (CAN-2002-0402)

The DNS dissector in Ethereal before 0.9.3 allows remote attackers to
cause a denial of service (CPU consumption) via a malformed packet
that causes Ethereal to enter an infinite loop. (CAN-2002-0403)

A vulnerability in GIOP dissector in Ethereal before 0.9.3 allows remote
attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption). (CAN-2002-0404)

Users of Ethereal should update to the errata packages containing Ethereal
version 0.9.4 which is not vulnerable to these issues.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed  (http://bugzilla.Red for more info):

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 7.2:




Red Hat Linux 7.3:



7. Verification:

MD5 sum                          Package Name
8ab27ce7ccaec617b4e5bee0f6cafc8a 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.4-
a82a1bf914b31bc283c4786a6d005f5a 7.2/en/os/i386/ethereal-0.9.4-
95b0e675cc1be0b5d59a2b3becf2420c 7.2/en/os/i386/ethereal-gnome-0.9.4-
c370c2585040f9174ebe6b20def17764 7.2/en/os/ia64/ethereal-0.9.4-
2096533a5f9352ff47b4fd01302b7c92 7.2/en/os/ia64/ethereal-gnome-0.9.4-
70022f6df52ad74013ab2901fe6f0e3d 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.4-
52a3074dea1e4e9563558e523a659bc5 7.3/en/os/i386/ethereal-0.9.4-
1650416f14b9f6a7cb15aa2f38f20bf4 7.3/en/os/i386/ethereal-gnome-0.9.4-

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg 

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001, 2002 Red Hat, Inc.

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