Debian DSA-146-2 : dietlibc - integer overflow

critical Nessus Plugin ID 14983


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


An integer overflow bug has been discovered in the RPC library used by dietlibc, a libc optimized for small size, which is derived from the SunRPC library. This bug could be exploited to gain unauthorized root access to software linking to this code. The packages below also fix integer overflows in the calloc, fread and fwrite code. They are also more strict regarding hostile DNS packets that could lead to a vulnerability otherwise.

These problems have been fixed in version 0.12-2.4 for the current stable distribution (woody) and in version 0.20-0cvs20020808 for the unstable distribution (sid). Debian 2.2 (potato) is not affected since it doesn't contain dietlibc packages.


Upgrade the dietlibc packages immediately.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 14983

File Name: debian_DSA-146.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/29/2004

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:dietlibc, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/8/2002

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-0391

BID: 5356

CERT: 192995

DSA: 146