Ethereal multiple dissectors buffer overflows

ethereal-multiple-dissectors-bo (15569) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Ethereal is vulnerable to multiple buffer overflows in the NetFlow, IGAP, EIGRP, PGM, IrDA, BGP, ISUP, TCAP and UCP protocol dissectors. By sending a malformed packet or creating a malformed packet trace file, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and cause Ethereal to crash or possibly execute code on the system.


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest version of Ethereal (0.10.3 or later), when it becomes available from the Ethereal Web site. See References.

For Gentoo Linux:
Upgrade to the latest version of ethereal (0.10.3 or later), as listed in GLSA 200403-07. See References.

For Conectiva Linux:
Upgrade to the latest ethereal package, as listed below. Refer to Conectiva Linux Security Announcement CLSA-2004:835 for more information. See References.

Conectiva Linux 8 and 9: 0.10.3-27097U90_2cl or later

For Red Hat Linux 9:
Upgrade to the latest ethereal package (0.10.3-0.90.1 or later), as listed in RHSA-2004:137-07. See References.

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody):
Upgrade to the latest ethereal package (0.9.4-1woody7 or later), as listed in DSA-511-1. See References.

For OpenPKG:
Refer to OpenPKG Security Advisory OpenPKG-SA-2004.015 for patch, upgrade, or suggested workaround information. See References.

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


Platforms Affected:

  • Canonical Ubuntu 4.10
  • Conectiva Linux 8.0
  • Conectiva Linux 9.0
  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Ethereal Ethereal 0.8.13 - 0.10.2
  • Gentoo Linux
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.1 PPC
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.1
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.2 AMD64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.2
  • Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7.0
  • OpenPKG OpenPKG 1.3
  • OpenPKG OpenPKG 2.0
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 ES
  • RedHat Linux 9.0
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 9.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 9.1
  • SuSE SuSE Linux Connectivity Server
  • SuSE SuSE Linux Database Server
  • SuSE SuSE Linux Office Server


Mar 22, 2004

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