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Mandrake Linux Advisory: ethereal

Dec 11, 2003, 21:55 (0 Talkback[s])

Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name: ethereal
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2003:114
Date: December 10th, 2003
Affected versions: 9.1, 9.2

Problem Description:

A number of vulnerabilities were discovered in ethereal that, if exploited, could be used to make ethereal crash or run arbitrary code by injecting malicious malformed packets onto the wire or by convincing someone to read a malformed packet trace file.

A buffer overflow allows attackers to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) and possibly execute arbitrary code using a malformed GTP MSISDN string (CAN-2003-0925).

Likewise, a DoS can be caused by using malformed ISAKMP or MEGACO packets (CAN-2003-0926).

Finally, a heap-based buffer overflow allows attackers to cause a DoS or execute arbitrary code using the SOCKS dissector (CAN-2003-0927).

All three vulnerabilities affect all versions of Ethereal up to and including 0.9.15. This update provides 0.9.16 which corrects all of these issues. Also note that each vulnerability can be exploited by a remote attacker.



Updated Packages:

Mandrake Linux 9.1:
6f7a55137bfe58e52ac26c7a1555117d 9.1/RPMS/ethereal-0.9.16-2.1.91mdk.i586.rpm
58ba4528b16ee80cfbbd6ab6a881f6ed 9.1/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.16-2.1.91mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 9.1/PPC:
db5ae031a844f1dea0c9d4329f54c487 ppc/9.1/RPMS/ethereal-0.9.16-2.1.91mdk.ppc.rpm
58ba4528b16ee80cfbbd6ab6a881f6ed ppc/9.1/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.16-2.1.91mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 9.2:
f88623242a1f28900a073c6b205e8f67 9.2/RPMS/ethereal-0.9.16-2.1.92mdk.i586.rpm
3be53a6f83092086aa74d3334e4e1133 9.2/SRPMS/ethereal-0.9.16-2.1.92mdk.src.rpm

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

A list of FTP mirrors can be obtained from:


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

gpg --recv-keys --keyserver www.mandrakesecure.net 0x22458A98

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 <security linux-mandrake.com>