July 7th, 2005, 15:51
"FreeBSD-SA-05:16.zlib Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project

Topic: Buffer overflow in zlib

Category: core
Module: libz
Announced: 2005-07-06
Credits: Tavis Ormandy
Affects: FreeBSD 5.3, FreeBSD 5.4
Corrected: 2005-07-06 14:01:11 UTC (RELENG_5, 5.4-STABLE)
2005-07-06 14:01:30 UTC (RELENG_5_4, 5.4-RELEASE-p4)
2005-07-06 14:01:52 UTC (RELENG_5_3, 5.3-RELEASE-p18)
CVE Name: CAN-2005-2096

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I. Background

zlib is a compression library used by numerous applications to provide
data compression/decompression routines.

II. Problem Description

An error in the handling of corrupt compressed data streams can result
in a buffer being overflowed.

III. Impact

By carefully crafting a corrupt compressed data stream, an attacker can
overwrite data structures in a zlib-using application. This may cause
the application to halt, causing a denial of service; or it may result
in the attacker gaining elevated privileges.

IV. Workaround

No workaround is available.

V. Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to 5-STABLE, or to the RELENG_5_4 or
RELENG_5_3 security branch dated after the correction date.

2) To patch your present system:

The following patch has been verified to apply to FreeBSD 5.3 and 5.4

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# fetch
# fetch

b) Execute the following commands as root:

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch
# cd /usr/src/lib/libz/
# make obj && make depend && make && make install

VI. Correction details

The following list contains the revision numbers of each file that was
corrected in FreeBSD.

Branch Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
src/UPDATING 1.342.
src/UPDATING 1.342.
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

VII. References"