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NDISwrapper: Arbitrary remote code execution


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200901-01 / ndiswrapper
Release Date January 11, 2009
Latest Revision January 11, 2009: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-wireless/ndiswrapper < 1.53-r1 >= 1.53-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #239371


Multiple buffer overflows might lead to remote execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

2.  Impact Information


NDISwrapper is a Linux kernel module that enables the use of Microsoft Windows drivers for wireless network devices.


Anders Kaseorg reported multiple buffer overflows related to long ESSIDs.


A physically proximate attacker could send packets over a wireless network that might lead to the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All NDISwrapper users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-wireless/ndiswrapper-1.53-r1"

4.  References


Page updated January 11, 2009

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