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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201710-16

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201710-16
Posted Oct 16, 2017
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201710-16 - A vulnerability found in Shadow may allow remote attackers to cause a Denial of Service condition or produce other unspecified behaviors. Versions less than 4.5 are affected.

tags | advisory, remote, denial of service
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2017-12424
MD5 | c4d45ff26aae8a93b016fc209e1e6af0

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201710-16

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Severity: Normal
Title: Shadow: Buffer overflow
Date: October 15, 2017
Bugs: #627044
ID: 201710-16

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability found in Shadow may allow remote attackers to cause a
Denial of Service condition or produce other unspecified behaviors.

Background
==========

Shadow is a set of tools to deal with user accounts.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 sys-apps/shadow < 4.5 >= 4.5

Description
===========

Malformed input in the newusers tool may produce crashes and other
unspecified behaviors.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could possibly cause a Denial of Service condition or
bypass privilege boundaries in some web-hosting environments in which a
Control Panel allows an unprivileged user account to create
subaccounts.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All Shadow users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/shadow-4.5"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2017-12424
https://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2017-12424

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

https://security.gentoo.org/glsa/201710-16

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users' machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2017 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5

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