TrACESroute NANOG implementation overly long hostname buffer overflow

traceroute-nanog-hostname-bo (10608) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

TrACESroute is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by a vulnerability in the NANOG implementation included with TrACESroute. By sending an overly long hostname to the program, a local attacker could overflow a buffer to overwrite memory and execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges.


Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

For SuSE Linux:
Upgrade to the latest traceroute and nkitb packages, as listed below. Refer to SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2002:043 for more information. See References.

traceroute:
SuSE Linux 8.0, 7.3 (Intel, Sparc, PPC) and 7.2 (Intel): 6.1.1-0 or later
SuSE Linux 7.1 (Intel, Alpha, PPC): 6.0-0 or later

nkitb:
SuSE Linux 7.0 (Intel, Alpha, PPC): 2002.11.6-0 or later

For Debian GNU/Linux:
Upgrade to the latest traceroute-nanog package, as listed below. Refer to DSA-254-1 for more information. See References.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 (potato): 6.0-2.2 or later
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody): 6.1.1-1.2 or later

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 2.2
  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Ehud Gavron TrACESroute 6.0
  • Ehud Gavron TrACESroute 6.1
  • Ehud Gavron TrACESroute 6.1.1
  • Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7.0
  • SuSE SuSE eMail Server 3.1
  • SuSE SuSE eMail Server III
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.1
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.2
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.3
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 8.0
  • SuSE SuSE Linux Connectivity Server
  • SuSE SuSE Linux Firewall
  • SuSE SuSE Linux Office Server

Reported:

Nov 12, 2002

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