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Category:   OS (Linux)  >   Linux Kernel Vendors:
Linux Kernel Heap Overflow in Decoding ASN.1 BER Data May Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020210
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1673   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 9 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to; 2.6.x prior to
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Linux Kernel. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted ASN.1 data to trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

The vulnerability affects the netfilter ip_nat_snmp_basic module and the CIFS subsystem.

Wei Wang from McAfee reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (,

The vendor's advisories are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error

Message History:   None.

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