Gentoo: Convert-UUlib Buffer overflow
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Gentoo A buffer overflow has been reported in Convert-UUlib, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200504-26
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Convert-UUlib: Buffer overflow
      Date: April 26, 2005
      Bugs: #89501
        ID: 200504-26

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow has been reported in Convert-UUlib, potentially
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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Convert-UUlib provides a Perl interface to the uulib library, allowing
Perl applications to access data encoded in a variety of formats.

Affected packages
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     Package                 /  Vulnerable  /               Unaffected
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  1  dev-perl/Convert-UUlib       < 1.051                     >= 1.051

Description
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A vulnerability has been reported in Convert-UUlib where a malformed
parameter can be provided by an attacker allowing a read operation to
overflow a buffer. The vendor credits Mark Martinec and Robert Lewis
with the discovery.

Impact
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Successful exploitation would permit an attacker to run arbitrary code
with the privileges of the user running the Perl application.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Convert-UUlib users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-perl/Convert-UUlib-1.051"

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-200504-26.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
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
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