Heartbeat: Denial of Service — GLSA 200608-23

Heartbeat is vulnerable to a Denial of Service which can be triggered by a remote attacker without authentication.

Affected Packages

sys-cluster/heartbeat on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.0.7
Unaffected versions >= 2.0.7, revision >= 1.2.5

Background

Heartbeat is a component of the High-Availability Linux project. It is used to perform death-of-node detection, communications and cluster management.

Description

Yan Rong Ge discovered that the peel_netstring() function in cl_netstring.c does not validate the "length" parameter of user input, which can lead to an out-of-bounds memory access when processing certain Heartbeat messages (CVE-2006-3121). Furthermore an unspecified local DoS issue was fixed (CVE-2006-3815).

Impact

By sending a malicious UDP Heartbeat message, even before authentication, a remote attacker can crash the master control process of the cluster.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Heartbeat users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose sys-cluster/heartbeat

References

Release Date
August 24, 2006

Latest Revision
September 22, 2006: 02

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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