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MDKSA-2002:023-1: zlib-pkgs Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the zlib-pkgs package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory MDKSA-2002:023-1 (zlib-pkgs).

Matthias Clasen found a security issue in zlib that, when provided with certain
input, causes zlib to free an area of memory twice. This 'double free' bug can
be used to crash any programs that take untrusted compressed input, such as web
browsers, email clients, image viewing software, etc. This vulnerability can be
used to perform Denial of Service attacks and, quite possibly, the execution of
arbitrary code on the affected system.
MandrakeSoft has published two advisories concerning this incident:
MDKSA-2002:022 - zlib MDKSA-2002:023 - packages containing zlib
Additional package are now available. For a list of prior packages released,
please see MDKSA-2002:023. The noted packages below are in addition to
no packages have been replaced.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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