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[GLSA-200410-03] NetKit-telnetd: buffer overflows in telnet and telnetd Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
NetKit-telnetd: buffer overflows in telnet and telnetd
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200410-03
(NetKit-telnetd: buffer overflows in telnet and telnetd)
A possible buffer overflow exists in the parsing of option strings by the
telnet daemon, where proper bounds checking is not applied when writing to
a buffer. Additionaly, another possible buffer overflow has been found by
Josh Martin in the handling of the environment variable HOME.
A remote attacker sending a specially-crafted options string to the telnet
daemon could be able to run arbitrary code with the rights of the user
running the telnet daemon, usually root. Furthermore, a possible hacker could
make use of an overlong HOME variable to cause a buffer overflow in the
telnet client, potentially leading to the local execution of arbitrary
There is no known workaround at this time.
All NetKit-telnetd users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=net-misc/netkit-telnetd-0.17-r4"
# emerge ">=net-misc/netkit-telnetd-0.17-r4"
Threat Level: High
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