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Audacity: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200903-03 / audacity
Release Date March 06, 2009
Latest Revision March 06, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
media-sound/audacity < 1.3.6 >= 1.3.6 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #253493


A boundary error in Audacity allows for the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Audacity is a free cross-platform audio editor.


Houssamix discovered a boundary error in the String_parse::get_nonspace_quoted() function in lib-src/allegro/strparse.cpp.


A remote attacker could entice a user into importing a specially crafted *.gro file, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Audacity users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-sound/audacity-1.3.6"

4.  References


Page updated March 06, 2009

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