Red Hat: 2013:0125-01: wireshark: Moderate Advisory
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
RedHat Linux Updated wireshark packages that fix several security issues, three bugs, and add one enhancement are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate [More...]
                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Moderate: wireshark security, bug fix, and enhancement update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2013:0125-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL:
Issue date:        2013-01-08
CVE Names:         CVE-2011-1958 CVE-2011-1959 CVE-2011-2175 
                   CVE-2011-2698 CVE-2011-4102 CVE-2012-0041 
                   CVE-2012-0042 CVE-2012-0066 CVE-2012-0067 
                   CVE-2012-4285 CVE-2012-4289 CVE-2012-4290 

1. Summary:

Updated wireshark packages that fix several security issues, three bugs,
and add one enhancement are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate
security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores,
which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability
from the CVE links in the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - i386, ia64, ppc, s390x, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64

3. Description:

Wireshark, previously known as Ethereal, is a network protocol analyzer. It
is used to capture and browse the traffic running on a computer network.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way Wireshark handled
Endace ERF (Extensible Record Format) capture files. If Wireshark opened a
specially-crafted ERF capture file, it could crash or, possibly, execute
arbitrary code as the user running Wireshark. (CVE-2011-4102)

Several denial of service flaws were found in Wireshark. Wireshark could
crash or stop responding if it read a malformed packet off a network, or
opened a malicious dump file. (CVE-2011-1958, CVE-2011-1959, CVE-2011-2175,
CVE-2011-2698, CVE-2012-0041, CVE-2012-0042, CVE-2012-0066, CVE-2012-0067,
CVE-2012-4285, CVE-2012-4289, CVE-2012-4290, CVE-2012-4291)

The CVE-2011-1958, CVE-2011-1959, CVE-2011-2175, and CVE-2011-4102 issues
were discovered by Huzaifa Sidhpurwala of the Red Hat Security Response

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* When Wireshark starts with the X11 protocol being tunneled through an SSH
connection, it automatically prepares its capture filter to omit the SSH
packets. If the SSH connection was to a link-local IPv6 address including
an interface name (for example ssh -X [ipv6addr]%eth0), Wireshark parsed
this address erroneously, constructed an incorrect capture filter and
refused to capture packets. The "Invalid capture filter" message was
displayed. With this update, parsing of link-local IPv6 addresses is fixed
and Wireshark correctly prepares a capture filter to omit SSH packets over
a link-local IPv6 connection. (BZ#438473)

* Previously, Wireshark's column editing dialog malformed column names when
they were selected. With this update, the dialog is fixed and no longer
breaks column names. (BZ#493693)

* Previously, TShark, the console packet analyzer, did not properly analyze
the exit code of Dumpcap, Wireshark's packet capturing back end. As a
result, TShark returned exit code 0 when Dumpcap failed to parse its
command-line arguments. In this update, TShark correctly propagates the
Dumpcap exit code and returns a non-zero exit code when Dumpcap fails.

* Previously, the TShark "-s" (snapshot length) option worked only for a
value greater than 68 bytes. If a lower value was specified, TShark
captured just 68 bytes of incoming packets. With this update, the "-s"
option is fixed and sizes lower than 68 bytes work as expected. (BZ#580513)

This update also adds the following enhancement:

* In this update, support for the "NetDump" protocol was added. (BZ#484999)

All users of Wireshark are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain backported patches to correct these issues and add this
enhancement. All running instances of Wireshark must be restarted for the
update to take effect.

4. Solution:

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

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at

5. Bugs fixed (

438473 - wireshark via ssh -X on ipv6 link-local address fails to allow capture
484999 - add netdump dissector to wireshark
580510 - tshark returns exit code 0 in case of errors
580513 - tshark snaplen parameter does not work
710039 - CVE-2011-1959 wireshark: Stack-based buffer over-read from tvbuff buffer when reading snoop capture files
710109 - CVE-2011-2175 wireshark: Heap-based buffer over-read in Visual Networks dissector
710184 - CVE-2011-1958 wireshark (64bit): NULL pointer dereference by processing of a corrupted Diameter dictionary file
723215 - CVE-2011-2698 wireshark: Infinite loop in the ANSI A Interface (IS-634/IOS) dissector
750648 - CVE-2011-4102 wireshark: buffer overflow in the ERF file reader
773726 - CVE-2012-0041 wireshark: multiple file parser vulnerabilities (wnpa-sec-2012-01)
773728 - CVE-2012-0042 wireshark: NULL pointer vulnerabilities (wnpa-sec-2012-02)
783360 - CVE-2012-0066 Wireshark: Dos via large buffer allocation request
783363 - CVE-2012-0067 Wireshark: Dos due to integer overflow in IPTrace capture format parser
848541 - CVE-2012-4285 wireshark: crash due to zero division in DCP ETSI dissector (wnpa-sec-2012-13)
848561 - CVE-2012-4289 wireshark: DoS via excessive CPU consumption in AFP dissector (wnpa-sec-2012-17)
848572 - CVE-2012-4291 wireshark: DoS via excessive system resource consumption in CIP dissector (wnpa-sec-2012-20)
848578 - CVE-2012-4290 wireshark: DoS via excessive CPU consumption in CTDB dissector (wnpa-sec-2012-23)

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client):




RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client):




Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):







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7. References:

8. Contact:

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