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Bug 144518 - CAN-2005-0087 alsa-lib disables stack protection for it's users
Summary: CAN-2005-0087 alsa-lib disables stack protection for it's users
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: alsa-lib
Version: 4.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Brian Stein
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: impact=important
Depends On:
Blocks: FC3Update 142822
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-01-07 21:45 UTC by Brian Stein
Modified: 2013-03-01 05:14 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2005-02-15 09:25:07 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
patch to fix this issue (deleted)
2005-01-07 21:45 UTC, Arjan van de Ven
no flags Details | Diff

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2005:033 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Important: alsa-lib security update 2005-02-15 05:00:00 UTC

Description Arjan van de Ven 2005-01-07 21:45:54 UTC
Description of problem: will disable the stack execution protection for all the apps using
it, which is quite a big chunk of our desktop apps.
The cause is a bit of evil code in src/mixer/mixer.c

I will attach a patch to fix this.

Note that this is a rather serious security issue due to the effect of disabling
stack protection (both execshield segment and NX) for a wide range of
applications at once.

Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2005-01-07 21:45:54 UTC
Created attachment 109498 [details]
patch to fix this issue

Comment 7 Mark J. Cox 2005-01-28 11:49:05 UTC
I'm assigning this issue CAN-2005-0087 as it borderline qualifies for
a CVE name under the definition of "exposure".  Since this has the
potential to disable stack execution protection for a large number of
applications, it's violating a reasonable security stance for the
RHEL4 product.

Comment 8 Mark J. Cox 2005-02-15 09:25:07 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.

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