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Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:36:47 +0200
From: Moritz Muehlenhoff <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: heap overflow in tcptrack < 1.4.2

On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 06:35:45PM -0400, Steven M. Christey wrote:
> I'm wondering if this should have received a CVE.
> quotes upstream:
>    "This fixes a heap overflow in the parsing of the command line...
>     this may have security repercussions if
>     tcptrack is configured as a handler for other applications that can
>     pass user-supplied command line input to tcptrack."
> The "attack" is through a command line argument.  While it's listed as a  
> sniffer, the above text suggests that tcptrack might not be  
> setuid/privileged, since the only given scenario is "as a handler for  
> other applications."  Unless this is a typical/known scenario, this seems 
> like just another unprivileged application, in which case the control 
> over a command line argument would not directly cross privilege 
> boundaries, thus falling into the realm of "bug" and not "vulnerability."

FWIW, we're treating it as a non-security issue in Debian.


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