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SoX: Multiple buffer overflows


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200407-23 / SoX
Release Date July 30, 2004
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-sound/sox <= 12.17.4-r1 >= 12.17.4-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #58733


SoX contains two buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the WAV header parser code.

2.  Impact Information


SoX is a command line utility that can convert various formats of computer audio files in to other formats.


Ulf Harnhammar discovered two buffer overflows in the sox and play commands when handling WAV files with specially crafted header fields.


By enticing a user to play or convert a specially crafted WAV file an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running SoX.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available version of SoX.


All SoX users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=media-sound/sox-12.17.4-r2"
# emerge ">=media-sound/sox-12.17.4-r2"

4.  References


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