super format string attack

super-format-string (16458) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


super is vulnerable to a format string attack, caused by a vulnerability in the super.c and error.c files. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges.


Gain Privileges


Upgrade to the latest version of super (3.23.0 or later), available from the super Web page. See References.

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (alias woody):
Upgrade to the latest super package (3.16.1-1.2 or later), as listed in DSA-522-1. See References.

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


  • super Web page: Project details for super.
  • BID-10575: Super Local Format String Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-0579: Format string vulnerability in super before 3.23 allows local users to execute arbitrary code as root.
  • DSA-522: super -- format string vulnerability
  • OSVDB ID: 7588: super Local Format String

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • William Deich super 3.22.2 and prior


Jun 19, 2004

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