Debian: eterm Buffer overflow vulnerability

    Date 06 Jun 2003
    Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
    "bazarr" discovered that eterm is vulnerable to a buffer overflow ofthe ETERMPATH environment variable. This bug can be exploited to gainthe privileges of the group "utmp" on a system where eterm isinstalled.
    Debian Security Advisory DSA 309-1                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                             Matt Zimmerman
    June 6th, 2003                 
    Package        : eterm
    Vulnerability  : buffer overflow
    Problem-Type   : local
    Bugtraq ID     : 7708
    "bazarr" discovered that eterm is vulnerable to a buffer overflow of
    the ETERMPATH environment variable.  This bug can be exploited to gain
    the privileges of the group "utmp" on a system where eterm is
    For the stable distribution (woody), this problem has been fixed in
    version 0.9.2-0pre2002042903.1.
    The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected by this bug.
    For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed soon.
    We recommend that you update your eterm package.
    Upgrade Instructions
    wget url
            will fetch the file for you
    dpkg -i file.deb
            will install the referenced file.
    If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
    sources.list as given below:
    apt-get update
            will update the internal database
    apt-get upgrade
            will install corrected packages
    You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
    footer to the proper configuration.
    Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
      Source archives:
          Size/MD5 checksum:      580 93e4f7a311340b12531333ab0606ef86
          Size/MD5 checksum:   669179 c749cbc4b08e75892d2f1c7184c91845
      Alpha architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   389906 382018a77b71a278eaef04472caf604d
      ARM architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   374132 731d78fcaef37260c19a892a09aec8dd
      Intel IA-32 architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   332332 62c775be2dc796a881667cac80bf69a8
      Intel IA-64 architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   450196 7ec5a565f8939f8a4f6ad87b83e895cf
      HP Precision architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   390204 6f29ccd6ad78296fc1646df68ecbd803
      Motorola 680x0 architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   336852 95830a081e2c990d2ec6a67a27d5b7f6
      Big endian MIPS architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   335768 7fc79db933e042e409c96298b326c0b1
      Little endian MIPS architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   335020 a93317df7718a0d4825a3625cd3caa45
      PowerPC architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   365208 5f2735b435d7a63a46787033340d8e35
      IBM S/390 architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   356098 118b70aa96874ec4215949a48776b2e3
      Sun Sparc architecture:
          Size/MD5 checksum:   368856 bc4c4ebf144a4e9f2ae7001f0726aaff
    These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on its
    next revision.

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