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[ GLSA 200502-05 ] Newspost: Buffer overflow vulnerability
From: Luke Macken <lewk () gentoo org>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 19:25:09 -0500

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200502-05
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                                            http://security.gentoo.org/
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Newspost: Buffer overflow vulnerability
      Date: February 03, 2005
      Bugs: #78530
        ID: 200502-05

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Synopsis
========

A buffer overflow can be exploited to crash Newspost remotely and
potentially execute arbitrary code.

Background
==========

Newspost is a Usenet News binary autoposter.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package            /  Vulnerable  /                    Unaffected
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  1  net-nntp/newspost      < 2.0-r1                         >= 2.0-r1

Description
===========

Niels Heinen has discovered a buffer overflow in the socket_getline()
function of Newspost, which can be triggered by providing long strings
that do not end with a newline character.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could setup a malicious NNTP server and entice a
Newspost user to post to it, leading to the crash of the Newspost
process and potentially the execution of arbitrary code with the rights
of the Newspost user.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All Newspost users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-nttp/newspost-2.0-r1"

References
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  [ 1 ] CAN-2005-0101
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-0101

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200502-05.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security () gentoo org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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