Wireshark (Ethereal) IEEE dissector denial of service

wireshark-ieeedissector-dos (32055) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Wireshark (formerly known as Ethereal) is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an unspecified error in the IEEE 802.11 dissector. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a malformed packet or trace file to cause the IEEE dissector to crash.


Base Score: 3.5
  Access Vector: Remote
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: Not Required
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: None
  Availability Impact: Partial
Temporal Score: 2.6
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Denial of Service


Upgrade to the latest version of Wireshark (0.99.5 or later), as listed in Wireshark Security Advisory wnpa-sec-2007-01. See References.

For Mandriva Linux:
Refer to MDKSA-2007:033 for patch, upgrade, or suggested workaround information. See References.

For Red Hat Linux (wireshark):
Refer to RHSA-2007:0114 or RHSA-2007:0066 for patch, upgrade, or suggested workaround information. See References.

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


  • wnpa-sec-2007-01: Multiple problems in Wireshark (formerly Ethereal®) versions 0.10.14 to 0.99.4.
  • ASA-2007-166: wireshark security update (RHSA-2007-0066)
  • BID-22352: Wireshark Multiple Protocol Denial of Service Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2007-0457: Unspecified vulnerability in the IEEE 802.11 dissector in Wireshark (formerly Ethereal) 0.10.14 through 0.99.4 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) via unspecified vectors.
  • MDKSA-2007:033: Updated wireshark packages fix multiple vulnerabilities
  • OSVDB ID: 33074: Wireshark IEEE 802.11 Dissector Unspecified DoS
  • RHSA-2007-0066: Low: wireshark security update
  • SA24016: Wireshark Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities
  • SA24970: Avaya Products Wireshark Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1017581: Wireshark Bugs in TCP, HTTP, IEEE 802.11, and LLT Dissectors Let Remote Users Deny Service

Platforms Affected:

  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2007 X86_64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2007
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 4.0 X86_64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 4.0
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 Desktop
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 Desktop
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 Client
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 Client Workstation
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5.0
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • Wireshark Wireshark prior to 0.99.5


Feb 01, 2007

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