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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-3916

Original release date: 09/04/2008
Last revised: 03/07/2011


Heap-based buffer overflow in the strip_escapes function in signal.c in GNU ed before 1.0 allows context-dependent or user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long filename. NOTE: since ed itself does not typically run with special privileges, this issue only crosses privilege boundaries when ed is invoked as a third-party component.


http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/44643 "GNU ed is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking by the strip_escapes() function. By persuading a victim to open a specially-crafted file, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system."


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 9.3 HIGH
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

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External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-9236
External Source: MLIST
Name: [bug-ed] 20080821 Version 1.0 of GNU ed released
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-9263
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:200
External Source: MLIST
Name: [security-announce] 20100303 VMSA-2010-0004 ESX Service Console and vMA third party updates
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2011-0212
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-3347
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.avaya.com/elmodocs2/security/ASA-2008-461.htm
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1020734
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20090227 VMSA-2009-0003 ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 updates service console package ed
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10678
External Source: BID
Name: 30815
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2009-0003.html
External Source: XF
Name: gnued-stripescapes-bo(44643)
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0946
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200809-15
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2011:002
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2010-0528
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2642

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10678
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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