RPM is vulnerable to a buffer overflow and possibly the execution of arbitrary code when opening specially crafted packages.
|Package||app-arch/rpm on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 4.4.6-r3|
|Unaffected versions||>= 4.4.6-r3|
The Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) is a command line driven package management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying, querying, and updating computer software packages.
Vladimir Mosgalin has reported that when processing certain packages, RPM incorrectly allocates memory for the packages, possibly causing a heap-based buffer overflow.
An attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted RPM package and execute code with the privileges of that user if certain locales are set.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All RPM users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-arch/rpm-4.4.6-r3"
November 13, 2006
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