GLSA-201612-12 : Patch: Denial of Service

This script is Copyright (C) 2016 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

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

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201612-12
(Patch: Denial of Service)

Due to a flaw in Patch, the application can enter an infinite loop when
processing a specially crafted diff file.

Impact :

A local attacker could pass a specially crafted diff file to Patch,
possibly resulting in a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

Solution :

All patch users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-devel/patch-2.7.4'

Risk factor :


Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 95527 ()

Bugtraq ID:


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