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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
An updated ncompress package that fixes a buffer overflow and problem
in the handling of files larger than 2 GB is now available.
The ncompress package contains the compress and uncompress file
compression and decompression utilities, which are compatible with the
original UNIX compress utility (.Z file extensions).
A bug in the way ncompress handles long filenames has been discovered.
ncompress versions 4.2.4 and earlier contain a stack based buffer
overflow when handling very long filenames. It is possible that an
attacker could execute arbitrary code on a victims machine by tricking
the user into decompressing a carefully crafted filename. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the
name CVE-2001-1413 to this issue.
This updated ncompress package also fixes a problem in the handling of
files larger than 2 GB.
All users of ncompress should upgrade to this updated package, which
contains fixes for these issues.
See also :
Update the affected ncompress package.
Risk factor :
High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5
Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks
Nessus Plugin ID: 15959 ()
CVE ID: CVE-2001-1413
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