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MIT Kerberos 5: Arbitrary Remote Code Execution


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200701-21 / mit-krb5
Release Date January 24, 2007
Latest Revision January 24, 2007: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-crypt/mit-krb5 < 1.5.2 >= 1.5.2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #158810


Multiple vulnerabilities in MIT Kerberos 5 could potentially result in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


MIT Kerberos 5 is a suite of applications that implement the Kerberos network protocol.


The Kerberos administration daemon, and possibly other applications using the GSS-API or RPC libraries, could potentially call a function pointer in a freed heap buffer, or attempt to free an uninitialized pointer.


A remote attacker may be able to crash an affected application, or potentially execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All MIT Kerberos 5 users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-crypt/mit-krb5-1.5.2"

4.  References


Page updated January 24, 2007

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