GLSA-200406-14 : aspell: Buffer overflow in word-list-compress

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Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200406-14
(aspell: Buffer overflow in word-list-compress)

aspell includes a utility for handling wordlists called
word-list-compress. This utility fails to do proper bounds checking
when processing words longer than 256 bytes.

Impact :

If an attacker could entice a user to handle a wordlist containing very
long word lengths it could result in the execution of arbitrary code
with the permissions of the user running the program.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to
upgrade to the latest available version.

See also :

Solution :

All users should upgrade to the latest available version of aspell.
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv '>=app-text/aspell-0.50.5-r4'
# emerge '>=app-text/aspell-0.50.5-r4'

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 14525 (gentoo_GLSA-200406-14.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2004-0548