WinZip UUDeview package MIME buffer overflow

winzip-mime-bo (15336) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


The WinZip utility is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the UUDeview package when decoding long strings. By sending a specially-crafted MIME archive file, a remote attacker can overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system with privileges of the user running WinZip.

UUDeview, is also affected by this vulnerability.


Gain Access


For WinZip:
Upgrade to the latest version of WinZip (9.0 or later), available from the WinZip Web site. See References.

For UUDeview:
Upgrade to the latest version of UUDeview (0.5.20 or later), available from the UUDeview Web page. See References.

For Gentoo Linux:
Upgrade to the latest version of uudeview (0.5.20 or later), as listed in GLSA 200403-05. See References.

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


Platforms Affected:

  • Gentoo Linux
  • UUDeview UUDeview 0.5.19 and prior
  • WinZip WinZip 8.1


Feb 27, 2004

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