High Nessus Plugin ID 24434
SynopsisThe remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch
DescriptionThe remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SUSE-SA:2006:056 (gzip).
The gzip tool does not handle some specific values correctly when unpacking archives. This leads to vulnerabilities like buffer overflows or infinite loops.
Various different programs like mail clients, file explorer, etc. use gzip and if a user can be deveived to unpack the archive of an attacker these bugs can lead to remote system compromise.
Thanks to Tavis Ormandy, Google Security Team for informing us about this issue.