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Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:35:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: heap overflow in tcptrack < 1.4.2

I'm wondering if this should have received a CVE. quotes upstream:

    "This fixes a heap overflow in the parsing of the command line...
     this may have security repercussions if
     tcptrack is configured as a handler for other applications that can
     pass user-supplied command line input to tcptrack."

The "attack" is through a command line argument.  While it's listed as a 
sniffer, the above text suggests that tcptrack might not be 
setuid/privileged, since the only given scenario is "as a handler for 
other applications."  Unless this is a typical/known scenario, this seems 
like just another unprivileged application, in which case the control over 
a command line argument would not directly cross privilege boundaries, 
thus falling into the realm of "bug" and not "vulnerability."

- Steve

On Tue, 9 Aug 2011, Josh Bressers wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
>> A heap overflow in the parsing of tcptrack's command line was found.
>> The details are pretty sparse, but here are some references:
> Please use CVE-2011-2903.
> Thanks.
> --
>    JB

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