Melange Chat System long lines in melange.conf buffer overflow

melange-chat-config-bo (8845) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Melange Chat System is vulnerable to a buffer overflow. By including overly long lines in the m?lange.conf file, a local attacker can overflow a buffer and cause a core dump on the system.


Denial of Service


Apply the patch for this vulnerability included in the BugTraq Mailing List posting dated Apr 14 2002 3:47PM. See References.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Sun Apr 14 2002 - 10:47:16 CDT: Vulnerabilities in the Melange Chat Server.
  • MELANGE CHAT SYSTEM Home page: melange chat server for linux.
  • BID-4508: Melange Chat System /yell Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • BID-4509: Melange Chat Systems melange.conf Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • BID-4510: Melange Chat System Long Filename Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0552: Multiple buffer overflows in Melange Chat server 2.02 allow remote or local attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via (1) a long argument in the /yell command, (2) long lines in the /etc/melange.conf configuration file, (3) long file names, or possibly other attacks.

Platforms Affected:

  • Christian Walter Melange Chat System 2.02-beta


Apr 14, 2002

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