KStars: Buffer overflow in fliccd — GLSA 200502-23

KStars is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could lead to arbitrary code execution with elevated privileges.

Affected Packages

kde-base/kdeedu on all architectures
Affected versions < 3.3.2-r1
Unaffected versions >= 3.3.2-r1

Background

KDE is a feature-rich graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like Operating Systems. KStars is a desktop planetarium for KDE. It includes support for the Instrument Neutral Distributed Interface (INDI).

Description

Erik Sjolund discovered a buffer overflow in fliccd which is part of the INDI support in KStars.

Impact

An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute code with elevated privileges. If fliccd does not run as daemon remote exploitation of this vulnerability is not possible. KDE as shipped by Gentoo does not start the daemon in the default installation.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All KStars users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=kde-base/kdeedu-3.3.2-r1"

References

Release Date
February 16, 2005

Latest Revision
February 16, 2005: 01

Severity
high

Exploitable
remote and local

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