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[Full-Disclosure] [ GLSA 200503-12 ] Hashcash: Format string vulnerability

From: Thierry Carrez (koongentoo.org)
Date: Sun Mar 06 2005 - 07:15:52 CST


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200503-12
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Hashcash: Format string vulnerability
      Date: March 06, 2005
      Bugs: #83541
        ID: 200503-12

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Synopsis
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A format string vulnerability in the Hashcash utility could allow an
attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Background
==========

Hashcash is a utility for generating Hashcash tokens, a proof-of-work
system to reduce the impact of spam.

Affected packages
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     Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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  1 net-misc/hashcash < 1.16-r1 >= 1.16-r1

Description
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Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team identified a flaw
in the Hashcash utility that an attacker could expose by specifying a
malformed reply address.

Impact
======

Successful exploitation would permit an attacker to disrupt Hashcash
users, and potentially execute arbitrary code.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Hashcash users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/hashcash-1.16-r1"

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200503-12.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
securitygentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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