Debian Security Advisory

DSA-074-1 wmaker -- buffer overflow

Date Reported:
12 Aug 2001
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2001-1027.
More information:
Alban Hertroys found a buffer overflow in Window Maker (a popular window manager for X). The code that handles titles in the window list menu did not check the length of the title when copying it to a buffer. Since applications will set the title using data that can't be trusted (for example, most web browsers will include the title of the web page being shown in the title of their window), this could be exploited remotely.

This has been fixed in version 0.61.1-4.1 of the Debian package, and upstream version 0.65.1. We recommend that you update your Window Maker package immediately.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 (potato)

Intel IA-32:
Motorola 680x0:
Sun Sparc:

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