Debian DSA-741-1 : bzip2 - infinite loop

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 18645

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VPR Score: 3.4


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


Chris Evans discovered that a specially crafted archive can trigger an infinite loop in bzip2, a high-quality block-sorting file compressor.
During uncompression this results in an indefinitely growing output file which will finally fill up the disk. On systems that automatically decompress bzip2 archives this can cause a denial of service.


Upgrade the bzip2 package.

For the oldstable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 1.0.2-1.woody5.

For the stable distribution (sarge) this problem has been fixed in version 1.0.2-7.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 18645

File Name: debian_DSA-741.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/07/08

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 3.4

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:bzip2, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/07/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/05/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1260

DSA: 741