MIT krb5: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200409-09

MIT krb5 contains several double-free vulnerabilities, potentially allowing the execution of arbitrary code, as well as a denial of service vulnerability.

Affected packages

app-crypt/mit-krb5 on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.3.4
Unaffected versions >= 1.3.4


MIT krb5 is the free implementation of the Kerberos network authentication protocol by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


The implementation of the Key Distribution Center (KDC) and the MIT krb5 library contain double-free vulnerabilities, making client programs as well as application servers vulnerable.

The ASN.1 decoder library is vulnerable to a denial of service attack, including the KDC.


The double-free vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a KDC host and hosts running krb524d or vulnerable services. In the case of a KDC host, this can lead to a compromise of the entire Kerberos realm. Furthermore, an attacker impersonating a legitimate KDC or application server can potentially execute arbitrary code on authenticating clients.

An attacker can cause a denial of service for a KDC or application server and clients, the latter if impersonating a legitimate KDC or application server.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All mit-krb5 users should upgrade to the latest stable version:

 # emerge sync

 # emerge -pv ">=app-crypt/mit-krb5-1.3.4"
 # emerge ">=app-crypt/mit-krb5-1.3.4"


Release date
September 06, 2004

Latest revision
September 06, 2004: 01



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