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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Bzip2 Vendors:
Bzip2 Bug Lets Remote Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020867
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1372   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 15 2008
Impact:   Denial of service via network, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 1.0.5
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Bzip2. A remote user can cause denial of service conditions.

A remote user can create a specially crafted archive that, when processed by the target application using bzip, will trigger a memory access error and cause the application to crash.

The vulnerability was reported by the University of Oulu and CERT-FI in March 2008.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can cause the target application to crash.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (1.0.5).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Sep 15 2008 (Sun Issues Fix) Bzip2 Bug Lets Remote Users Deny Service
Sun has issued a fix.
Sep 16 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Bzip2 Bug Lets Remote Users Deny Service
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and 5.
Dec 3 2008 (VMware Issues Fix for ESX Server) Bzip2 Bug Lets Remote Users Deny Service
VMware has issued a fix for VMware ESX Server.

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