Asterisk: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200610-15

Asterisk is vulnerable to the remote execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.

Affected packages

net-misc/asterisk on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.2.13
< 1.0.12
Unaffected versions >= 1.2.13
revision >= 1.0.12


Asterisk is an open source implementation of a telephone private branch exchange (PBX).


Asterisk contains buffer overflows in channels/chan_mgcp.c from the MGCP driver and in channels/chan_skinny.c from the Skinny channel driver for Cisco SCCP phones. It also dangerously handles client-controlled variables to determine filenames in the Record() function. Finally, the SIP channel driver in channels/chan_sip.c could use more resources than necessary under unspecified circumstances.


A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code by sending a crafted audit endpoint (AUEP) response, by sending an overly large Skinny packet even before authentication, or by making use of format strings specifiers through the client-controlled variables. An attacker could also cause a Denial of Service by resource consumption through the SIP channel driver.


There is no known workaround for the format strings vulnerability at this time. You can comment the lines in /etc/asterisk/mgcp.conf, /etc/asterisk/skinny.conf and /etc/asterisk/sip.conf to deactivate the three vulnerable channel drivers. Please note that the MGCP channel driver is disabled by default.


All Asterisk users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/asterisk-1.2.13"


Release date
October 30, 2006

Latest revision
January 30, 2007: 02



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