openSUSE Security Update : file (openSUSE-2017-1298)

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The GNU file utility was updated to version 5.22.

Security issues fixed :

- CVE-2014-9621: The ELF parser in file allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service via a long string. (bsc#913650)

- CVE-2014-9620: The ELF parser in file allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service via a large number of notes. (bsc#913651)

- CVE-2014-9653: readelf.c in file did not consider that pread calls sometimes read only a subset of the available data, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (uninitialized memory access) or possibly have unspecified other impact via a crafted ELF file. (bsc#917152)

- CVE-2014-8116: The ELF parser (readelf.c) in file allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption or crash) via a large number of (1) program or (2) section headers or (3) invalid capabilities. (bsc#910253)

- CVE-2014-8117: softmagic.c in file did not properly limit recursion, which allowed remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption or crash) via unspecified vectors. (bsc#910253)

Version update to file version 5.22

- add indirect relative for TIFF/Exif

- restructure elf note printing to avoid repeated messages

- add note limit, suggested by Alexander Cherepanov

- Bail out on partial pread()'s (Alexander Cherepanov)

- Fix incorrect bounds check in file_printable (Alexander Cherepanov)

- PR/405: ignore SIGPIPE from uncompress programs

- change printable -> file_printable and use it in more places for safety

- in ELF, instead of '(uses dynamic libraries)' when PT_INTERP is present print the interpreter name.

Version update to file version 5.21

- there was an incorrect free in magic_load_buffers()

- there was an out of bounds read for some pascal strings

- there was a memory leak in magic lists

- don't interpret strings printed from files using the current locale, convert them to ascii format first.

- there was an out of bounds read in elf note reads

Update to file version 5.20

- recognize encrypted CDF documents

- add magic_load_buffers from Brooks Davis

- add thumbs.db support

Additional non-security bug fixes :

- Fixed a memory corruption during rpmbuild (bsc#1063269)

- Backport of a fix for an increased printable string length as found in file 5.30 (bsc#996511)

- file command throws 'Composite Document File V2 Document, corrupt: Can't read SSAT' error against excel 97/2003 file format. (bsc#1009966)

This update was imported from the SUSE:SLE-12:Update update project.


Update the affected file packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 104764

File Name: openSUSE-2017-1298.nasl

Version: 3.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/27/2017

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.2


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:file, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:file-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:file-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:file-devel, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:file-magic, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libmagic1, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libmagic1-32bit, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libmagic1-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:libmagic1-debuginfo-32bit, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:python-magic, cpe:/o:novell:opensuse:42.2, cpe:/o:novell:opensuse:42.3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 11/23/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-8116, CVE-2014-8117, CVE-2014-9620, CVE-2014-9621, CVE-2014-9653