GLSA-200610-03 : ncompress: Buffer Underflow

high Nessus Plugin ID 22522


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200610-03 (ncompress: Buffer Underflow)

Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team discovered a static buffer underflow in ncompress.
Impact :

An attacker could create a specially crafted LZW archive, that when decompressed by a user or automated system would result in the execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user invoking the utility.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All ncompress users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-arch/ncompress-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 22522

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200610-03.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Published: 10/10/2006

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/6/2006

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/10/2006

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-1168

BID: 19455

GLSA: 200610-03