Ethereal MMSE dissector buffer overflow

ethereal-mmse-bo (16152) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Ethereal is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the MMSE dissector. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause Ethereal to crash.


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest version of Ethereal (0.10.4 or later), when it becomes available from the Ethereal Web site. See References.

For SuSE Linux:
Apply the appropriate fixed packages via the SuSE FTP server or the YaST Online Update, as listed in SuSE Security Summary Report SUSE-SR:2004:002. See References.

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


Platforms Affected:

  • Ethereal Ethereal 0.10.1 - 0.10.3
  • Gentoo Linux
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 Desktop
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 AS
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • SUSE SuSE Linux


May 13, 2004

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