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Aircrack-ng: Remote execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200704-16 / aircrack-ng
Release Date April 22, 2007
Latest Revision April 22, 2007: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-wireless/aircrack-ng < 0.7-r2 >= 0.7-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #174340


Aircrack-ng contains a buffer overflow that could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

2.  Impact Information


Aircrack-ng is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured.


Jonathan So reported that the airodump-ng module does not correctly check the size of 802.11 authentication packets before copying them into a buffer.


A remote attacker could trigger a stack-based buffer overflow by sending a specially crafted 802.11 authentication packet to a user running airodump-ng with the -w (--write) option. This could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running airodump-ng, which is typically the root user.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Aircrack-ng users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-wireless/aircrack-ng-0.7-r2"

4.  References


Page updated April 22, 2007

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