Apcupsd vsprintf() multiple buffer overflows

apcupsd-vsprintf-multiple-bo (11491) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Apcupsd is vulnerable to multiple buffer overflows, caused by a vulnerability in the vsprintf() function. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the system to crash or execute arbitrary code on the system.


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest stable version of Apcupsd (3.8.6 or later), available from the Apcupsd Web page. See References.

For Mandrake Linux:
Upgrade to the latest apcupsd package, as listed below. Refer to MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2003:018:apcupsd for more information. See References.

Mandrake Linux 8.1, 8.2, and 9.0: 3.10.5-1.1mdk or later
Mandrake Linux 8.1 (IA64): 3.8.6-1.1mdk or later

For SuSE Linux:
Upgrade to the latest apcupsd package, as listed below. Refer to SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2003:022 for more information. See References.

SuSE 8.1: 3.8.6-17 or later
SuSE 8.0: 3.8.6-16 or later
SuSE 7.3: 3.8.2-70 or later
SuSE 7.3 (Sparc): 3.8.2-30 or later
SuSE 7.3 (Power PPC): 3.8.2-56 or later

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody):
Upgrade to the latest version of apcupsd (3.8.5-1.1.1 or later), as listed in DSA-277-1. See References.

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


Platforms Affected:

  • APC Apcupsd 3.10.4
  • APC Apcupsd 3.8.5
  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.1
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.1 IA64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.2
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.2 PPC
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.3
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 8.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 8.1


Feb 04, 2003

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