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The Sleuth Kit: Integer underflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200710-19 / sleuthkit
Release Date October 18, 2007
Latest Revision October 18, 2007: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-forensics/sleuthkit < 2.0.9 >= 2.0.9 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #181977


An integer underflow vulnerability has been reported in The Sleuth Kit allowing for the user-assisted execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


The Sleuth Kit is a collection of file system and media management forensic analysis tools.


Jean-Sebastien Guay-Leroux reported an integer underflow in the file_printf() function of the "file" utility which is bundled with The Sleuth Kit (CVE-2007-1536, GLSA 200703-26). Note that Gentoo is not affected by the improper fix for this vulnerability (identified as CVE-2007-2799, see GLSA 200705-25) since version 4.20 of "file" was never shipped with The Sleuth Kit ebuilds.


A remote attacker could entice a user to run The Sleuth Kit on a file system containing a specially crafted file that would trigger a heap-based buffer overflow possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running The Sleuth Kit.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All The Sleuth Kit users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-forensics/sleuthkit-2.0.9"

4.  References


Page updated October 18, 2007

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