Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 12:24:22 -0400 (EDT) From: "Steven M. Christey" <coley@...us.mitre.org> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com cc: coley@...re.org Subject: Re: [oCERT-2008-014] WordNet stack and heap overflows Notice how CVE treats these as all the same core type of issue, even though the types of attack vectors are different (command line vs. env variable) and the types of buffers are different (heap vs. stack). The basic programming error was the same regardless of where it occurred or what it affected. - Steve ====================================================== Name: CVE-2008-3908 Status: Candidate URL: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3908 Reference: BUGTRAQ:20080901 [oCERT-2008-014] WordNet stack and heap overflows Reference: URL:http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/archive/1/495883/100/0/threaded Reference: MISC:http://http://www.ocert.org/analysis/2008-014/analysis.txt Reference: MISC:http://www.ocert.org/advisories/ocert-2008-014.html Reference: MISC:http://www.ocert.org/analysis/2008-014/wordnet.patch Reference: BID:30958 Reference: URL:http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/30958 Reference: XF:wordnet-binsrch-search-bo(44851) Reference: URL:http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/44851 Reference: XF:wordnet-morph-search-bo(44848) Reference: URL:http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/44848 Reference: XF:wordnet-morphinit-bo(44849) Reference: URL:http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/44849 Reference: XF:wordnet-wninit-bo(44850) Reference: URL:http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/44850 Multiple buffer overflows in Princeton WordNet (wn) 3.0 allow context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via (1) a long argument on the command line; a long (2) WNSEARCHDIR, (3) WNHOME, or (4) WNDBVERSION environment variable; or (5) a user-supplied dictionary (aka data file). NOTE: since WordNet itself does not run with special privileges, this issue only crosses privilege boundaries in cases such as when WordNet is invoked as a third party component.
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