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libgda: Format string vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200511-01 / libgda
Release Date November 02, 2005
Latest Revision November 02, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
gnome-extra/libgda < 1.2.2-r1 >= 1.2.2-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #110467


Two format string vulnerabilities in libgda may lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


libgda is the library handling the data abstraction layer in the Gnome data access architecture (GNOME-DB). It can also be used by non-GNOME applications to manage data stored in databases or XML files.


Steve Kemp discovered two format string vulnerabilities in the gda_log_error and gda_log_message functions. Some applications may pass untrusted input to those functions and be vulnerable.


An attacker could pass malicious input to an application making use of the vulnerable libgda functions, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the rights of that application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All libgda users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=gnome-extra/libgda-1.2.2-r1"

4.  References


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