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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-3916

Heap-based buffer overflow in the strip_escapes function in signal.c in GNU ed before 1.0 allows context-dependent or user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long filename. NOTE: since ed itself does not typically run with special privileges, this issue only crosses privilege boundaries when ed is invoked as a third-party component.
Publish Date : 2008-09-04 Last Update Date : 2018-10-11
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Complete (There is total information disclosure, resulting in all system files being revealed.)
Integrity Impact Complete (There is a total compromise of system integrity. There is a complete loss of system protection, resulting in the entire system being compromised.)
Availability Impact Complete (There is a total shutdown of the affected resource. The attacker can render the resource completely unavailable.)
Access Complexity Medium (The access conditions are somewhat specialized. Some preconditions must be satistified to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s) Execute CodeOverflow
CWE ID 119

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat moderate 2008-08-31 2008-06-30
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2008-3916 unix
ELSA-2008:0946: ed security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:21744 unix
Heap-based buffer overflow in the strip_escapes function in signal.c in GNU ed before 1.0 allows context-dependent or us... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10678 unix
RHSA-2008:0946 -- ed security update (Moderate) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:29199 unix
RHSA-2008:0946: ed security update (Moderate) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20080946 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-3916

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application GNU ED 0.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application GNU ED 0.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application GNU ED 0.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application GNU ED 0.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application GNU ED 0.6 Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application GNU ED 0.7 Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application GNU ED 0.8 Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application GNU ED 0.9 Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions

- References For CVE-2008-3916
VUPEN ADV-2008-2642
VUPEN ADV-2008-3347
XF gnued-stripescapes-bo(44643)
SUSE SUSE-SR:2011:002
MLIST [security-announce] 20100303 VMSA-2010-0004 ESX Service Console and vMA third party updates
SECTRACK 1020734
VUPEN ADV-2011-0212
BID 30815 GNU ed File Processing 'strip_escapes()' Heap Overflow Vulnerability Release Date:2010-03-04
BUGTRAQ 20090227 VMSA-2009-0003 ESX 2.5.5 patch 12 updates service console package ed
VUPEN ADV-2010-0528
MLIST [bug-ed] 20080821 Version 1.0 of GNU ed released
REDHAT RHSA-2008:0946

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-3916

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