Gentoo: 201403-03 file: Denial of Service
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Gentoo A vulnerability in file could result in Denial of Service.
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 201403-03
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 Severity: Normal
    Title: file: Denial of Service
     Date: March 13, 2014
     Bugs: #501574
       ID: 201403-03

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in file could result in Denial of Service.

Background
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file is a utility that guesses a file format by scanning binary data
for patterns.

Affected packages
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     Package              /     Vulnerable     /            Unaffected
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  1  sys-apps/file                 < 5.17                     >= 5.17 

Description
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A flaw was found in the way the file utility determines the type of a
file.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted file,
possibly resulting in a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All file users should upgrade to the latest version:

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/file-5.17"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2014-1943
      http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2014-1943

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-201403-03.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
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License

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belongs to its owner(s).

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