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Multiple format string vulnerabilities in cadaver


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200404-14 / cadaver
Release Date April 19, 2004
Latest Revision April 19, 2004: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-misc/cadaver < 0.22.1 >= 0.22.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #47799


There are multiple format string vulnerabilities in the neon library used in cadaver, possibly leading to execution of arbitrary code when connected to a malicious server.

2.  Impact Information


According to, cadaver is a command-line WebDAV client for Unix. It supports file upload, download, on-screen display, namespace operations (move/copy), collection creation and deletion, and locking operations.


Cadaver code includes the neon library, which in versions 0.24.4 and previous is vulnerable to multiple format string attacks. The latest version of cadaver uses version 0.24.5 of the neon library, which makes it immune to this vulnerability.


When using cadaver to connect to an untrusted WebDAV server, this vulnerability can allow a malicious remote server to execute arbitrary code on the client with the rights of the user using cadaver.

3.  Resolution Information


A workaround is not currently known for this issue. All users are advised to upgrade to the latest version of the affected package.


cadaver users should upgrade to version 0.22.1 or later:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=net-misc/cadaver-0.22.1"
# emerge ">=net-misc/cadaver-0.22.1"

4.  References


Page updated April 19, 2004

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