tcpdump: Integer overflow — GLSA 200707-14

A vulnerability has been discovered in tcpdump, allowing for the execution of arbitrary code, possibly with root privileges.

Affected Packages

net-analyzer/tcpdump on all architectures
Affected versions < 3.9.5-r3
Unaffected versions >= 3.9.5-r3

Background

tcpdump is a tool for capturing and inspecting network traffic.

Description

mu-b from Digital Labs discovered that the return value of a snprintf() call is not properly checked before being used. This could lead to an integer overflow.

Impact

A remote attacker could send specially crafted BGP packets on a network being monitored with tcpdump, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running tcpdump, which is usually root.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All tcpdump users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-analyzer/tcpdump-3.9.5-r3"

References

Release Date
July 28, 2007

Latest Revision
July 28, 2007: 01

Severity
high

Exploitable
remote

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