RHEL 2.1 : zlib (RHSA-2003:081)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

Updated zlib packages that fix a buffer overflow vulnerability are now

Zlib is a general-purpose, patent-free, lossless data compression
library that is used by many different programs.

The function gzprintf within zlib, when called with a string longer
than Z_PRINTF_BUFZISE (= 4096 bytes), can overflow without giving a

zlib-1.1.4 and earlier exhibit this behavior. There are no known
exploits of the gzprintf overrun, and only a few programs, including
rpm2html and gimp-print, are known to use the gzprintf function.

The problem has been fixed by checking the length of the output string
within gzprintf.

See also :


Solution :

Update the affected zlib and / or zlib-devel packages.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 12374 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2003-0107