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Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code



Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code



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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200811-04
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http://security.gentoo.org/ 
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Graphviz: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
      Date: November 09, 2008
      Bugs: #240636
        ID: 200811-04

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Synopsis
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A buffer overflow in Graphviz might lead to user-assisted execution of
arbitrary code via a DOT file.

Background
=========
Graphviz is an open source graph visualization software.

Affected packages
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     Package             /  Vulnerable  /                   Unaffected
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  1  media-gfx/graphviz      < 2.20.3                        >= 2.20.3

Description
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Roee Hay reported a stack-based buffer overflow in the push_subg()
function in parser.y when processing a DOT file with a large number of
Agraph_t elements.

Impact
=====
A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to open a
specially crafted DOT file in an application using Graphviz, possibly
leading to the execution of arbitrary code.

Workaround
=========
There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
=========
All Graphviz users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-gfx/graphviz-2.20.3"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-4555
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-4555 

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

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200811-04.xml 

Concerns?
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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 2008 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/2.5 


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