rPSA-2006-0132-1 tshark wireshark Jul 19 2006 03:36PM
Justin M. Forbes (jmforbes rpath com)
rPath Security Advisory: 2006-0132-1
Published: 2006-07-19
Products: rPath Linux 1
Rating: Severe
Exposure Level Classification:
Remote Root Deterministic Unauthorized Access
Updated Versions:


All versions of the ethereal and tethereal packages contain
vulnerabilities in packet dissector modules, which may allow various
attacks including subverting the user who is running ethereal.
Since ethereal is generally run as root to view network traffic
directly, this may allow complete access to the vulnerable system.

The fixes are available only as part of the wireshark package.
Development of the ethereal program has ceased under the ethereal
name and continued under the wireshark name, due to restrictions
on the use of the "ethereal" trademark. The latest version of the
ethereal and tethereal packages in rPath Linux 1 are now redirects
to the wireshark and tshark packages. The command "conary update
ethereal tethereal" will cause the ethereal and tethereal packages
on the system to be replaced by wireshark and tshark, respectively.
The "conary updateall" command will also appropriately migrate the
system from ethereal to wireshark.

The fix for this vulnerability is available in the wireshark and
tshark packages. rPath strongly recommends that you update to
the wireshark and/or tshark packages, and that you not use the
affected ethereal and tethereal packages, particularly not on
untrusted networks or trace files.

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