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wv library: Multiple integer overflows


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200612-01 / wv library
Release Date December 07, 2006
Latest Revision December 07, 2006: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/wv < 1.2.3-r1 >= 1.2.3-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #153800


The wv library is vulnerable to multiple integer overflows which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


wv is a library for conversion of MS Word DOC and RTF files.


The wv library fails to do proper arithmetic checks in multiple places, possibly leading to integer overflows.


An attacker could craft a malicious file that, when handled with the wv library, could lead to the execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All wv library users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/wv-1.2.3-r1"

4.  References


Page updated December 07, 2006

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