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RHSA-2004-536: ncompress Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the ncompress packages
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
An updated ncompress package that fixes a buffer overflow and problem in
the handling of files larger than 2 GB is now available.
The ncompress package contains the compress and uncompress file compression
and decompression utilities, which are compatible with the original UNIX
compress utility (.Z file extensions).
A bug in the way ncompress handles long filenames has been discovered.
ncompress versions 4.2.4 and earlier contain a stack based buffer overflow
when handling very long filenames. It is possible that a possible hacker could
execute arbitrary code on a victims machine by tricking the user into
decompressing a carefully crafted filename. The Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2001-1413 to
This updated ncompress package also fixes a problem in the handling of
files larger than 2 GB.
All users of ncompress should upgrade to this updated package, which
contains fixes for these issues.
Solution : http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2004-536.html
Threat Level: High
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