Debian Security Advisory

DSA-190-1 wmaker -- buffer overflow

Date Reported:
07 Nov 2002
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2002-1277.
More information:

Al Viro found a problem in the image handling code use in Window Maker, a popular NEXTSTEP like window manager. When creating an image it would allocate a buffer by multiplying the image width and height, but did not check for an overflow. This makes it possible to overflow the buffer. This could be exploited by using specially crafted image files (for example when previewing themes).

This problem has been fixed in version 0.80.0-4.1 for the current stable distribution (woody). Packages for the mipsel architecture are not yet available.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

alpha (DEC Alpha):
arm (ARM):
hppa (HP PA RISC):
i386 (Intel ia32):
ia64 (Intel ia64):
m68k (Motorola Mc680x0):
mips (MIPS (Big Endian)):
powerpc (PowerPC):
s390 (IBM S/390):
sparc (Sun SPARC/UltraSPARC):

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.