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Gentoo Linux Advisory: mit-krb5

Jun 29, 2004, 18:14 (0 Talkback[s])

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200406-21


Severity: High
Title: mit-krb5: Multiple buffer overflows in krb5_aname_to_localname
Date: June 29, 2004
Bugs: #52744
ID: 200406-21


mit-krb5 contains multiple buffer overflows in the function krb5_aname_to_localname(). This could potentially lead to a complete remote system compromise.


mit-krb5 is the free implementation of the Kerberos network authentication protocol by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Affected packages

Package Vulnerable Unaffected
1 app-crypt/mit-krb5 <= 1.3.3 >= 1.3.3-r1


The library function krb5_aname_to_localname() contains multiple buffer overflows. This is only exploitable if explicit mapping or rules-based mapping is enabled. These are not enabled as default.

With explicit mapping enabled, an attacker must authenticate using a principal name listed in the explicit mapping list.

With rules-based mapping enabled, an attacker must first be able to create arbitrary principal names either in the local realm Kerberos realm or in a remote realm from which the local realm's service are reachable by cross-realm authentication.


An attacker could use these vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running mit-krb5, which could be the root user.


There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available version.


mit-krb5 users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge sync
    # emerge -pv ">=app-crypt/mit-krb5-1.3.3-r1"
    # emerge ">=app-crypt/mit-krb5-1.3.3-r1"


[ 1 ] CAN-2004-0523

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0523 [ 2 ] MIT krb5 Security Advisory



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



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