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Debian: New newsx packages fix arbitrary code execution

It was discovered that newsx, an NNTP news exchange utility, was affected by a buffer overflow allowing remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a news article containing a large number of lines starting with a period. Fixed packages are available from security.debian.org.
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Debian Security Advisory DSA-1622-1                  security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                          Thijs Kinkhorst
July 31, 2008                         http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package        : newsx
Vulnerability  : buffer overflow
Problem type   : local (remote)
Debian-specific: no
CVE Id(s)      : CVE-2008-3252
Debian Bug     : 492742

It was discovered that newsx, an NNTP news exchange utility, was affected
by a buffer overflow allowing remote attackers to execute arbitrary code
via a news article containing a large number of lines starting with a period.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version
1.6-2etch1.

For the testing (lenny) and unstable distribution (sid), this problem has
been fixed in version 1.6-3.

We recommend that you upgrade your newsx package.

Upgrade instructions
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wget url
       will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
       will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
       will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
       will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.


Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias etch
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Source archives:

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1.dsc
   Size/MD5 checksum:      601 a96fab9796a6947419d0fa8b116117d1
 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6.orig.tar.gz
   Size/MD5 checksum:   302553 45d7b7655c7e30c22321f41d701bb6f4
 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1.diff.gz
   Size/MD5 checksum:   105510 6d0b8e91489284a99d7e3d1d1a18438a

alpha architecture (DEC Alpha)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_alpha.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   179232 a1e5978150fdc4e85ae5429df50dce14

amd64 architecture (AMD x86_64 (AMD64))

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_amd64.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   159000 36120414520dabbe24a603535483d627

arm architecture (ARM)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_arm.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   148522 f86262e52e3cfe57f9149cd7d03b9792

hppa architecture (HP PA RISC)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_hppa.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   166048 3664074d8015308faacfdc24813cbe2e

i386 architecture (Intel ia32)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_i386.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   149314 0d0223be6ec9375b11a29271e14f0ba0

ia64 architecture (Intel ia64)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_ia64.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   229656 d9525b17ed531e7f94bf795016559ab0

mips architecture (MIPS (Big Endian))

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_mips.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   169628 9902b13a40be1f8839ea6553bebda796

mipsel architecture (MIPS (Little Endian))

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_mipsel.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   169130 082f47df05acf04de8a1590acad38124

powerpc architecture (PowerPC)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_powerpc.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   158742 f172b7b889f111cc2090082878f80816

s390 architecture (IBM S/390)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_s390.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   161132 8e5ca0412a29bd03dfbdf1dd8e88df30

sparc architecture (Sun SPARC/UltraSPARC)

 http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/n/newsx/newsx_1.6-2etch1_sparc.deb
   Size/MD5 checksum:   147978 511f9a433c89f3fe114ebe04158d65ab


 These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
 its next update.

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For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and http://packages.debian.org/
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