Debian DSA-1616-2 : clamav - denial of service

medium Nessus Plugin ID 33568


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


Damian Put discovered a vulnerability in the ClamAV anti-virus toolkit's parsing of Petite-packed Win32 executables. The weakness leads to an invalid memory access, and could enable an attacker to crash clamav by supplying a maliciously crafted Petite-compressed binary for scanning. In some configurations, such as when clamav is used in combination with mail servers, this could cause a system to 'fail open', facilitating a follow-on viral attack.

A previous version of this advisory referenced packages that were built incorrectly and omitted the intended correction. This issue was fixed in packages referenced by the -2 revision of the advisory.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies this weakness as CVE-2008-2713 and CVE-2008-3215.


Upgrade the clamav packages.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 0.90.1dfsg-3.1+etch14.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 33568

File Name: debian_DSA-1616.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/24/2008

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:clamav, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/26/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2713, CVE-2008-3215

BID: 29750

DSA: 1616

CWE: 399