Ethereal zero-length presentation protocol selector denial of service

ethereal-zero-presentation-dos (15570) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Ethereal is vulnerable to a denial of service. By using a zero-length presentation protocol selector, a remote attacker could cause Ethereal to crash.


Denial of Service


Upgrade to the latest version of Ethereal (0.10.3 or later), when it becomes available from the Ethereal Web site. 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 other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


Platforms Affected:

  • Conectiva Linux 8.0
  • Conectiva Linux 9.0
  • 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
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.2 AMD64
  • Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7.0
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 AS
  • 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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