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Ethereal: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200507-27 / Ethereal
Release Date July 28, 2005
Latest Revision July 28, 2005: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-analyzer/ethereal < 0.10.12 >= 0.10.12 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #100316


Ethereal is vulnerable to numerous vulnerabilities potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code or abnormal termination.

2.  Impact Information


Ethereal is a feature-rich network protocol analyzer.


There are numerous vulnerabilities in versions of Ethereal prior to 0.10.12, including:

  • The SMB dissector could overflow a buffer or exhaust memory (CAN-2005-2365).
  • iDEFENSE discovered that several dissectors are vulnerable to format string overflows (CAN-2005-2367).
  • Additionally multiple potential crashes in many dissectors have been fixed, see References for further details.


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

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Ethereal users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-analyzer/ethereal-0.10.12"

4.  References


Page updated July 28, 2005

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