File: Denial of Service
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200704-13 / file
||April 17, 2007
||September 17, 2007: 02
All supported architectures
A vulnerability has been discovered in file allowing for a denial of
file is a utility that identifies a file format by scanning binary data
Conor Edberg discovered an error in the way file processes a specific
A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted file,
using excessive CPU ressources and possibly leading to a Denial of
Service. Note that this vulnerability could be also triggered through
an automatic file scanner like amavisd-new.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All file users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/file-4.20-r1"