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Ettercap: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201405-12 / ettercap
Release Date May 17, 2014
Latest Revision May 17, 2014: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-analyzer/ettercap < >= All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #340897, #451198


Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in Ettercap, the worst of which may allow execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Ettercap is a suite of tools for content filtering, sniffing and man in the middle attacks on a LAN.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Ettercap:

  • Ettercap does not handle temporary files securely (CVE-2010-3843).
  • A format string flaw in Ettercap could cause a buffer overflow (CVE-2010-3844).
  • A stack-based buffer overflow exists in Ettercap (CVE-2013-0722).


A remote attacker could entice a user to load a specially crafted configuration file using Ettercap, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or a Denial of Service condition.

A local attacker could perform symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Ettercap users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-analyzer/ettercap-"

4.  References


Page updated May 17, 2014

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