Lighttpd: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200708-11

Several vulnerabilities were reported in Lighttpd, most of them allowing a Denial of Service and potentially the remote execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

www-servers/lighttpd on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.16
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.16

Background

Lighttpd is a lightweight HTTP web server.

Description

Stefan Esser discovered errors with evidence of memory corruption in the code parsing the headers. Several independent researchers also reported errors involving the handling of HTTP headers, the mod_auth and mod_scgi modules, and the limitation of active connections.

Impact

A remote attacker can trigger any of these vulnerabilities by sending malicious data to the server, which may lead to a crash or memory exhaustion, and potentially the execution of arbitrary code. Additionally, access-deny settings can be evaded by appending a final / to a URL.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Lighttpd users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-servers/lighttpd-1.4.16"

References

Release Date
August 16, 2007

Latest Revision
August 16, 2007: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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