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Ethereal: Multiple security problems


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200407-08 / Ethereal
Release Date July 09, 2004
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-analyzer/ethereal <= 0.10.4 >= 0.10.5 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #56423


Multiple vulnerabilities including one buffer overflow exist in Ethereal, which may allow an attacker to run arbitrary code or crash the program.

2.  Impact Information


Ethereal is a feature rich network protocol analyzer.


There are multiple vulnerabilities in versions of Ethereal earlier than 0.10.5, including:

  • In some cases the iSNS dissector could cause Ethereal to abort.
  • If there was no policy name for a handle for SMB SID snooping it could cause a crash.
  • A malformed or missing community string could cause the SNMP dissector to crash.


An attacker could use these vulnerabilities to crash Ethereal or even execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Ethereal, which could be the root user.

3.  Resolution Information


For a temporary workaround you can disable all affected protocol dissectors by selecting Analyze->Enabled Protocols... and deselecting them from the list. For SMB you can disable SID snooping in the SMB protocol preference. However, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to the latest stable version.


All Ethereal users should upgrade to the latest stable version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=net-analyzer/ethereal-0.10.5"
# emerge ">=net-analyzer/ethereal-0.10.5"

4.  References


Page updated July 09, 2004

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