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Kismet: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200508-10 / Kismet
Release Date August 19, 2005
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-wireless/kismet < 2005.08.1 >= 2005.08.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #102702


Kismet is vulnerable to multiple issues potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Kismet is an 802.11 Layer 2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system.


Kismet is vulnerable to a heap overflow when handling pcap captures and to an integer underflow in the CDP protocol dissector.


With a specially crafted packet an attacker could cause Kismet to execute arbitrary code with the rights of the user running the program.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Kismet users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-wireless/kismet-2005.08.1"

4.  References


Page updated August 19, 2005

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