GLSA-200405-18 : Buffer Overflow in Firebird

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14504


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200405-18 (Buffer Overflow in Firebird)

A buffer overflow exists in three Firebird binaries (gds_inet_server, gds_lock_mgr, and gds_drop) that is exploitable by setting a large value to the INTERBASE environment variable.
Impact :

An attacker could control program execution, allowing privilege escalation to the UID of Firebird, full access to Firebird databases, and trojaning the Firebird binaries. An attacker could use this to compromise other user or root accounts.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround.


All users should upgrade to the latest version of Firebird:
# emerge sync # emerge -pv '>=dev-db/firebird-1.5' # emerge '>=dev-db/firebird-1.5'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14504

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200405-18.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/08/30

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:firebird, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2004/05/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0281

GLSA: 200405-18