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Mandrake Linux Advisory: ethereal

Jun 23, 2003, 23:27 (1 Talkback[s])

Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name: ethereal
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2003:070
Date: June 23rd, 2003
Affected versions: 9.1

Problem Description:

A number of string handling bugs were found in the packet dissectors in ethereal that can be exploited using specially crafted packets to cause ethereal to consume excessive amounts of memory, crash, or even execute arbitray code.

These vulnerabilities have been fixed upsteam in ethereal 0.9.13 and all users are encouraged to upgrade.



Updated Packages:

Mandrake Linux 9.1:
b1564371c3ffbe52f832b1c9a7e05644 9.1/RPMS/ethereal-0.9.13-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
e36b73caf5b8ab321550e54d33ca8ac6 9.1/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.13-1.1mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 9.1/PPC:
cc375732dd25961875bfda6356c09dd6 ppc/9.1/RPMS/ethereal-0.9.13-1.1mdk.ppc.rpm
e36b73caf5b8ab321550e54d33ca8ac6 ppc/9.1/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.13-1.1mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see https://qa.mandrakesoft.com for more information):

To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate. The verification of md5 checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm". A list of FTP mirrors can be obtained from:


Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of the downloaded package. You can do this with the command:

rpm --checksig

All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security. You can obtain the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team from:


Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to update.

You can view other update advisories for Mandrake Linux at:


MandrakeSoft has several security-related mailing list services that anyone can subscribe to. Information on these lists can be obtained by visiting:


If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact


Type Bits/KeyID Date User ID
pub 1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team