Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : libgtop (MDKSA-2001:094)
High Nessus Plugin ID 13907
SynopsisThe remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionA remote format string vulnerability was found in the libgtop daemon by Laboratory intexxia. By sending a specially crafted format string to the server, a remote attacker could potentially execute arbitrary code on the remote system with the daemon's permissions. By default libgtop runs as the user nobody, but the flaw could be used to compromise local system security by allowing the attacker to exploit other local vulnerabilities. A buffer overflow was also found by Flavio Veloso which could allow the client to execute code on the server. Both vulnerabilities are patched in this update and will be fixed upstream in version 1.0.14. libgtop_daemon is not invoked by default anywhere in Mandrake Linux.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.