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From: FreeBSD Security Advisories (security-advisoriesFreeBSD.org)
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 14:38:11 CST
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FreeBSD-SA-01:22 Security Advisory
Topic: dc20ctrl port contains a locally exploitable buffer overflow
yielding gid dialer
Credits: Found during internal auditing
Affects: Ports collection prior to the correction date.
Vendor status: Vendor notified
FreeBSD only: No
dc20ctrl is a program to control Kodak DC20 digital cameras.
II. Problem Description
The dc20ctrl port, versions prior to 0.4_1, contains a locally
exploitable buffer overflow. Because the dc20ctrl program is also
setgid dialer, unprivileged local users may gain gid dialer on the
local system. This may allow the users to gain unauthorized access to
the serial port devices.
The dc20ctrl port is not installed by default, nor is it "part of
FreeBSD" as such: it is part of the FreeBSD ports collection, which
contains over 4500 third-party applications in a ready-to-install
format. The ports collections shipped with FreeBSD 3.5.1 and 4.2
contain this problem since it was discovered after the releases.
FreeBSD makes no claim about the security of these third-party
applications, although an effort is underway to provide a security
audit of the most security-critical ports.
Unprivileged local users may gain increased privileges on the local
system including potentially unauthorized access to the serial port
If you have not chosen to install the dc20ctrl port/package, then
your system is not vulnerable to this problem.
Deinstall the dc20ctrl port/package, if you have installed it.
One of the following:
1) Upgrade your entire ports collection and rebuild the dc20ctrl port.
2) Deinstall the old package and install a new package dated after the
correction date, obtained from:
NOTE: it may be several days before updated packages are available.
Packages are not automatically generated for the alpha architecture at
this time due to lack of build resources.
3) download a new port skeleton for the dc20ctrl from:
and use it to rebuild the port.
4) Use the portcheckout utility to automate option (3) above. The
portcheckout port is available in /usr/ports/devel/portcheckout or the
package can be obtained from:
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