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NetBSD Security Advisory 2002-019: Buffer overrun in talkd
From: NetBSD Security Officer <security-officer () netbsd org>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 14:27:40 +0900

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                 NetBSD Security Advisory 2002-019
                 =================================

Topic:          Buffer overrun in talkd

Version:        NetBSD-current: source prior to September 20, 2002
                NetBSD 1.6:     affected
                NetBSD-1.5.3:   affected
                NetBSD-1.5.2:   affected
                NetBSD-1.5.1:   affected
                NetBSD-1.5:     affected

Severity:       Possible local root compromise (not confirmed)

Fixed:          NetBSD-current:         September 20, 2002
                NetBSD-1.6 branch:      October 3, 2002
                                        (1.6.1 will include the fix)
                NetBSD-1.5 branch:      September 20, 2002


Abstract
========

Rogue talk client is able to cause talkd to overrun the buffer,
and could be able to compromise root privilege of the machine running talkd.

Actual attack script is yet to be found.


Technical Details
=================

talkd did not make proper check against inbound messages and can make
unbounded copy into a destination buffer.


Solutions and Workarounds
=========================

To remedy this problem, talkd binary has to be updated to the latest one.

The following instructions describe how to upgrade your talkd
binaries by updating your source tree and rebuilding and
installing a new version of talkd.

* NetBSD-current:

        Systems running NetBSD-current dated from before 2002-09-20
        should be upgraded to NetBSD-current dated 2002-09-20 or later.

        The following directories need to be updated from the
        netbsd-current CVS branch (aka HEAD):
                libexec/talkd

        To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install talkd:
                # cd src
                # cvs update -d -P libexec/talkd
                # cd libexec/talkd

                # make cleandir dependall
                # make install


* NetBSD 1.6:

        Systems running NetBSD 1.6 branch dated from before 2002-10-03
        should be upgraded to NetBSD 1.6 branch dated 2002-10-03 or later.

        The following directories need to be updated from the
        netbsd-1-6 CVS branch:
                libexec/talkd

        To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install talkd:
                # cd src
                # cvs update -d -P -r netbsd-1-6 libexec/talkd
                # cd libexec/talkd

                # make cleandir dependall
                # make install


* NetBSD 1.5, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3:

        Systems running NetBSD 1.5 branch dated from before 2002-09-20
        should be upgraded to NetBSD 1.5 branch dated 2002-09-20 or later.

        The following directories need to be updated from the
        netbsd-1-5 CVS branch:
                libexec/talkd

        To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install talkd:
                # cd src
                # cvs update -d -P -r netbsd-1-5 libexec/talkd
                # cd libexec/talkd

                # make cleandir dependall
                # make install


Thanks To
=========

xs () kittenz org


Revision History
================

        2002-10-08      Initial release


More Information
================

Advisories may be updated as new information comes to hand.  The most
recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at 
  ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/security/advisories/NetBSD-SA2002-019.txt.asc

Information about NetBSD and NetBSD security can be found at
http://www.NetBSD.ORG/ and http://www.NetBSD.ORG/Security/.


Copyright 2002, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2002-019.txt,v 1.6 2002/10/08 03:43:35 itojun Exp $


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