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SUSE-SA:2006:056: gzip Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the gzip package
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SUSE-SA:2006:056 (gzip).
The gzip tool does not handle some specific values correctly when unpacking
archives. This leads to vulnerabilities like buffer overflows or infinite
Various different programs like mail clients, file explorer, etc. use gzip
and if a user can be deveived to unpack the archive of a possible hacker these
bugs can lead to remote system compromise.
Thanks to Tavis Ormandy, Google Security Team for informing us about this
Solution : http://www.suse.de/security/http://www.novell.com/linux/security/advisories/2006_56_gzip.html
Threat Level: High
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