TrACESroute -T format string

tracesroute-t-format-string (9291) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


TrACESroute is vulnerable to a local format string attack. A local attacker could supply a malicious format string to the program using the -T argument to execute arbitrary code on the system with elevated privileges.


Gain Privileges


For SuSE Linux:
Upgrade to the latest nkita or nkitb package, as listed below. Refer to SuSE Security Announcement SuSE-SuSE-SA:2000:041 for more information. See References.

SuSE Linux 7.0 (Intel and SPARC): nkitb-2000.10.4-0 or later
SuSE Linux 7.0 (PPC): nkitb-2000.10.5-0 or later
SuSE Linux 6.4 (Intel, PPC and Alpha): nkitb-2000.10.4-0 or later
SuSE Linux 6.3 (Intel and Alpha): nkita-2000.10.4-0 or later
SuSE Linux 6.2, 6.1 and 6.0 (Intel): nkita-2000.10.4-0 or later

For Debian Linux:
Upgrade to the latest traceroute-nanog package, as listed below. Refer to DSA-254-1 for more information. See References.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 (potato): 6.0-2.2 or later
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody): 6.1.1-1.2 or later


As a workaround, remove the setuid bit from TrACESroute.


Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 2.2
  • Debian Debian Linux 2.3
  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Ehud Gavron TrACESroute 6.0 GOLD
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.1
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.2
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.3
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.4
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.0


Jun 06, 2002

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