Debian DSA-2074-1 : ncompress - integer underflow

medium Nessus Plugin ID 47792


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


Aki Helin discovered an integer underflow in ncompress, the original Lempel-Ziv compress/uncompress programs. This could lead to the execution of arbitrary code when trying to decompress a crafted LZW compressed gzip archive.


Upgrade the ncompress package.

For the stable distribution (lenny), this problem has been fixed in version

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 47792

File Name: debian_DSA-2074.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/22/2010

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:ncompress, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:5.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/21/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0001

BID: 37886

DSA: 2074

CWE: 189