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Convert-UUlib: Buffer overflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200504-26 / Convert-UUlib
Release Date April 26, 2005
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-perl/Convert-UUlib < 1.051 >= 1.051 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #89501


A buffer overflow has been reported in Convert-UUlib, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Convert-UUlib provides a Perl interface to the uulib library, allowing Perl applications to access data encoded in a variety of formats.


A vulnerability has been reported in Convert-UUlib where a malformed parameter can be provided by an attacker allowing a read operation to overflow a buffer. The vendor credits Mark Martinec and Robert Lewis with the discovery.


Successful exploitation would permit an attacker to run arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the Perl application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Convert-UUlib users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-perl/Convert-UUlib-1.051"

4.  References


Page updated April 26, 2005

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