Wireshark is vulnerable to several security issues that may lead to a Denial of Service and/or the execution of arbitrary code.
|Package||net-analyzer/wireshark on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 0.99.3|
|Unaffected versions||>= 0.99.3|
Wireshark is a feature-rich network protocol analyzer.
The following vulnerabilities have been discovered in Wireshark. Firstly, if the IPsec ESP parser is used it is susceptible to off-by-one errors, this parser is disabled by default; secondly, the SCSI dissector is vulnerable to an unspecified crash; and finally, the Q.2931 dissector of the SSCOP payload may use all the available memory if a port range is configured. By default, no port ranges are configured.
An attacker might be able to exploit these vulnerabilities, resulting in a crash or the execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Wireshark, possibly the root user.
Disable the SCSI and Q.2931 dissectors with the "Analyse" and "Enabled protocols" menus. Make sure the ESP decryption is disabled, with the "Edit -> Preferences -> Protocols -> ESP" menu.
All Wireshark users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-analyzer/wireshark-0.99.3"
August 29, 2006
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