Bug 123230 - Buffer overflow in handling of -o option
Buffer overflow in handling of -o option
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: sharutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ngo Than
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Reported: 2004-05-14 12:09 EDT by Leonard den Ottolander
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-05-21 11:01:52 EDT
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Option -o patch (2.23 KB, patch)
2004-05-14 12:15 EDT, Leonard den Ottolander
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Description Leonard den Ottolander 2004-05-14 12:09:40 EDT
Shaun Colley discovered a buffer overflow in sharutils <= 2.5.5 when
using the -o option.

See http://www.spinics.net/lists/bugtraq/msg11869.html and
http://www.spinics.net/lists/bugtraq/msg11898.html for details.
Comment 1 Leonard den Ottolander 2004-05-14 12:12:58 EDT
Oops. That must be sharutils <= 4.2.1. Must have gotten 2.5.5. from
another package that I was looking at earlier.
Comment 2 Leonard den Ottolander 2004-05-14 12:15:28 EDT
Created attachment 100229 [details]
Option -o patch

Patch taken from SuSE 9.0 sharutils-4.2c-718.src.rpm. Modified header so it
patches using -p1 instead of -p0.

Note that the patch in the original announcement
(http://www.spinics.net/lists/bugtraq/msg11869.html) is incorrect (see
Comment 3 Mark J. Cox 2004-05-17 07:50:23 EDT
Downgrading severity; buffer overflow in non setuid/gid program.
Comment 4 Leonard den Ottolander 2004-05-18 08:26:59 EDT
I am not aware of the criteria you use for this. Are these described
somewhere? They seem to be different from the explanation of
"Severity" in the bugzilla form help.

I must say that if this can be (remotely) exploited to gain a shell it
might be used as a stepping stone to exploit an unplugged local root
exploit. It should be fixed asap.
Comment 5 Ngo Than 2004-05-21 11:01:52 EDT
it's now fixed in sharutils-4_2_1-19, which will be showed up in
rawhide soon
Comment 6 Leonard den Ottolander 2004-05-21 15:14:44 EDT
What kind of version is that, 4_2_1? Are the underscores here to stay?

With rawhide you also mean FC1 testing? Or are you just releasing it
for FC2?

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