file: Arbitrary code execution
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200412-07 / file
||December 13, 2004
||May 22, 2006: 02
All supported architectures
The code for parsing ELF headers in file contains a flaw which may allow an
attacker to execute arbitrary code.
file is a utility used to identify the type of a file.
A possible stack overflow has been found in the ELF header parsing code
An attacker may be able to create a specially crafted ELF file which,
when processed with file, may allow the execution of arbitrary code.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All file users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/file-4.12"