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CVE-2006-6169 Detail

Current Description

Heap-based buffer overflow in the ask_outfile_name function in openfile.c for GnuPG (gpg) 1.4 and 2.0, when running interactively, might allow attackers to execute arbitrary code via messages with "C-escape" expansions, which cause the make_printable_string function to return a longer string than expected while constructing a prompt.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  11/29/2006      View Analysis Description

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Access Vector:
Network exploitable
Access Complexity:
Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Provides user account access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (03/14/2007)

Red Hat does not consider this bug to be a security flaw. In order for this flaw to be exploited, a user would be required to enter shellcode into an interactive GnuPG session. Red Hat considers this to be an unlikely scenario. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 contains a backported patch to address this issue.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name External Source SGI 20061201-01-P External Source MLIST [gnupg-announce] 20061127 GnuPG 1.4 and 2.0 buffer overflow External Source SUSE SUSE-SA:2006:075 External Source GENTOO GLSA-200612-03 External Source SREASON 1927 External Source SECTRACK 1017291 External Source CONFIRM External Source DEBIAN DSA-1231 External Source MANDRIVA MDKSA-2006:221 External Source OPENPKG OpenPKG-SA-2006.037 External Source REDHAT RHSA-2006:0754 Patch; Vendor Advisory External Source BUGTRAQ 20061127 GnuPG 1.4 and 2.0 buffer overflow External Source BUGTRAQ 20061201 rPSA-2006-0224-1 gnupg External Source BID 21306 External Source TRUSTIX 2006-0068 External Source UBUNTU USN-389-1 External Source UBUNTU USN-393-2 External Source VUPEN ADV-2006-4736 External Source MISC External Source XF gnupg-openfile-bo(30550) External Source CONFIRM External Source OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11228

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