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[GLSA-200611-16] Texinfo: Buffer overflow

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Texinfo: Buffer overflow

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200611-16
(Texinfo: Buffer overflow)


Miloslav Trmac from Red Hat discovered a buffer overflow in the
"readline()" function of texindex.c. The "readline()" function is
called by the texi2dvi and texindex commands.

Impact

By enticing a user to open a specially crafted Texinfo file, an
attacker could execute arbitrary code with the rights of the user
running Texinfo.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

References:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-4810


Solution:
All Texinfo users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/texinfo-4.8-r5"


Network Security Threat Level: Medium


Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2006 Michel Arboi

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