zlib: Buffer overflow — GLSA 200507-19

zlib is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which could potentially lead to execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

sys-libs/zlib on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.2.3
Unaffected versions >= 1.2.3

Background

zlib is a widely used free and patent unencumbered data compression library.

Description

zlib improperly handles invalid data streams which could lead to a buffer overflow.

Impact

By creating a specially crafted compressed data stream, attackers can overwrite data structures for applications that use zlib, resulting in arbitrary code execution or a Denial of Service.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All zlib users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-libs/zlib-1.2.3"

References

Release Date
July 22, 2005

Latest Revision
July 22, 2005: 01

Severity
high

Exploitable
remote

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