Linux xosview HOME environment variable buffer overflow

linux-xosview-bo (8787) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


xosview is vulnerable to a buffer overflow. By setting the HOME environment variable to an overly large value, a local attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges.


Gain Privileges


For Red Hat Linux 5.1:
Upgrade to the latest version of xosview (1.5.1-4 or later), as listed in Red Hat Linux 5.1General Errata. See References.


Platforms Affected:

  • RedHat Linux 5.1
  • RedHat xosview 1.5.1


May 27, 1998

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