Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : file (MDVSA-2014:051)

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VPR Score: 3.6


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated file package fixes security vulnerability :

It was discovered that file before 5.17 contains a flaw in the handling of indirect magic rules in the libmagic library, which leads to an infinite recursion when trying to determine the file type of certain files (CVE-2014-1943).

Additionally, other well-crafted files might result in long computation times (while using 100% CPU) and overlong results.

A flaw was found in the way the file utility determined the type of Portable Executable (PE) format files, the executable format used on Windows. A malicious PE file could cause the file utility to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code (CVE-2014-2270).

A memory leak in file has also been fixed.

The affected packages have been upgraded to the 5.12 version and patched to correct these flaws.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 72998

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2014-051.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Published: 3/14/2014

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 3.6

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:file, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64magic-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64magic-static-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64magic1, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:python-magic, cpe:/o:mandriva:business_server:1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/13/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-1943, CVE-2014-2270

BID: 65596, 66002

MDVSA: 2014:051