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MDKSA-2004:137-1: libxpm4

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Check for the version of the libxpm4 package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory MDKSA-2004:137-1 (libxpm4).

The XPM library which is part of the XFree86/XOrg project is used by several
GUI applications to process XPM image files.

A source code review of the XPM library, done by Thomas Biege of the SuSE
Security-Team revealed several different kinds of bugs. These bugs include
integer overflows, out-of-bounds memory access, shell command execution, path
traversal, and endless loops.

These bugs can be exploited by remote and/or local attackers to gain access to
the system or to escalate their local rights, by using a specially crafted
xpm image.


The previous libxpm4 update had a linking error that resulted in a missing
s_popen symbol error running applications dependant on the library. In
addition, the file path checking in the security updates prevented some
applications, like gimp-2.0 from being able to save xpm format images.

Updated packages are patched to correct all these issues.

Solution :
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2004 Tenable Network Security

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