man -i argument format string

man-i-format-string (6059) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

Man could allow a local attacker to gain root access, caused by a format string vulnerability in the man -i argument. A local attacker can pass certain format strings through the -i argument to overwrite space, variables, and the return address on the stack to gain root privileges.


Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

For Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 (alias potato):
Upgrade to the latest version of man-db (2.3.16-1.1 or later), as listed in DSA-028-1. See References.

For SuSE Linux 6.1:
Upgrade to the latest version of man (2.3.10-85 or later), as listed in SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2001:019. See References.

For SuSE Linux 6.2:
Upgrade to the lastest version of man (2.3.10d69i-19 or later), as listed in SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2001:019. See References.

For SuSE Linux 6.3 and 6.4:
Upgrade to the latest version of man (2.3.10d69s-191 or later), as listed in SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2001:019. See References.

For SuSE Linux 7.0:
Upgrade to the latest version of man (2.3.10d69s-190 or later), as listed in SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2001:019. See References.

For SuSE Linux 7.1:
Upgrade to the latest version of man (2.3.10d69s-190 or later), as listed in SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SA:2001:019. See References.

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

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 2.2
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.3
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.4
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.0

Reported:

Jan 31, 2001

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