Debian Security Advisory

DLA-1969-1 file -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
23 Oct 2019
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2019-18218.
More information:

An issue has been found in file, a tool to determine file types by using magic numbers.

The number of CDF_VECTOR elements had to be restricted in order to prevent a heap-based buffer overflow (4-byte out-of-bounds write).

For Debian 8 Jessie, this problem has been fixed in version 1:5.22+15-2+deb8u6.

We recommend that you upgrade your file packages.

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