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xv: Filename handling vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200503-09 / xv
Release Date March 04, 2005
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-gfx/xv < 3.10a-r10 >= 3.10a-r10 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #83686


xv contains a format string vulnerability, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


xv is an interactive image manipulation package for X11.


Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team identified a flaw in the handling of image filenames by xv.


Successful exploitation would require a victim to process a specially crafted image with a malformed filename, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All xv users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-gfx/xv-3.10a-r10"

4.  References


Page updated March 04, 2005

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