MIT Kerberos 5: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200507-11

MIT Kerberos 5 is vulnerable to a Denial of Service attack and remote execution of arbitrary code, possibly leading to the compromise of the entire Kerberos realm.

Affected packages

app-crypt/mit-krb5 on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.1-r1
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.1-r1


MIT Kerberos 5 is the free implementation of the Kerberos network authentication protocol by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Daniel Wachdorf discovered that MIT Kerberos 5 could corrupt the heap by freeing unallocated memory when receiving a special TCP request (CAN-2005-1174). He also discovered that the same request could lead to a single-byte heap overflow (CAN-2005-1175). Magnus Hagander discovered that krb5_recvauth() function of MIT Kerberos 5 might try to double-free memory (CAN-2005-1689).


Although exploitation is considered difficult, a remote attacker could exploit the single-byte heap overflow and the double-free vulnerability to execute arbitrary code, which could lead to the compromise of the whole Kerberos realm. A remote attacker could also use the heap corruption to cause a Denial of Service.


There are no known workarounds at this time.


All MIT Kerberos 5 users should upgrade to the latest available version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-crypt/mit-krb5-1.4.1-r1"


Release date
July 12, 2005

Latest revision
July 12, 2005: 01



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