SUSE-SA:2006:056: gzip

High Nessus Plugin ID 24434


The remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch


The 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.


Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 24434

File Name: suse_SA_2006_056.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/02/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: Host/SuSE/rpm-list