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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   file Vendors:   Darwin, Ian F.
file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017796
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1017796
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-1536   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Mar 21 2007
Original Entry Date:  Mar 20 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 4.20
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in file. A local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can trigger a heap overflow in the file_printf() function to cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target system with the privileges of the user running the file application.

The vendor credits Jean-Sebastien Guay-Leroux with discovering this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user may be able to obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (4.20), available at:

ftp://ftp.astron.com/pub/file/file-4.20.tar.gz

Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Mar 23 2007 (Red Hat Issues Fix) file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.
May 23 2007 (FreeBSD Issues Fix) file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
FreeBSD has released a fix.
May 24 2007 (Apple Issues Fix) file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Apple has released a fix for Mac OS X.
May 30 2007 (Red Hat Issues Fix) file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.
Jul 10 2007 (OpenBSD Issues Fix) file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
OpenBSD has issued a fix for OpenBSD 4.0 and 4.1.
Feb 29 2008 (NetBSD Issues Fix) file Heap Overflow in file_printf() May Let Local Users Execute Arbitrary Code
NetBSD has released a fix for NetBSD 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.0.1, 3.0.2, and 3.1.



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