hsftp format string attack

hsftp-format-string (15276) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


hsftp is vulnerable to a format string attack. By creating files with specially-crafted filenames, a remote attacker in control of a remote server, could overwrite memory and execute arbitrary code on the system with privileges of the user, once the user sends a request for a directory listing.


Gain Access


For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody):
Upgrade to the latest hsftp package (1.11-1woody1 or later), as listed in DSA-411-1. See References.

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


  • BID-9715: Samhain Labs HSFTP Remote Format String Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-0159: Format string vulnerability in hsftp 1.11 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code via file names containing format string characters that are not properly handled when executing an ls command.
  • DSA-447: hsftp -- format string
  • OSVDB ID: 4029: Hsftp Filename Format String

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • samhain design labs hsftp


Feb 22, 2004

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