GLSA-200711-09 : MadWifi: Denial of Service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27826


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200711-09 (MadWifi: Denial of Service)

Clemens Kolbitsch and Sylvester Keil reported an error when processing beacon frames with an overly large 'length' value in the 'xrates' element.
Impact :

A remote attacker could act as an access point and send a specially crafted packet to an Atheros based wireless client, possibly resulting in a Denial of Service (kernel panic).
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All MadWifi users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-wireless/madwifi-ng-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27826

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200711-09.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2007/11/08

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:madwifi-ng, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2007/11/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/10/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-5448

OSVDB: 37971

GLSA: 200711-09

CWE: 20