International Components for Unicode: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code — GLSA 201209-07

A buffer overflow in International Components for Unicode could result in execution of arbitrary code or Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

dev-libs/icu on all architectures
Affected versions < 49.1.1-r1
Unaffected versions >= 49.1.1-r1

Background

International Components for Unicode (ICU) is a set of C/C++ and Java libraries providing Unicode and Globalization support for software applications.

Description

An error in the _canonicalize() function in uloc.cpp could cause a stack-based buffer overflow.

Impact

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted locale representation using an application linked against ICU, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All ICU users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/icu-49.1.1-r1"
 

References

Release Date
September 24, 2012

Latest Revision
September 24, 2012: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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