Un-handled error conditions in the zlib compression library may allow an attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.
There is a vulnerability in the error handling mechanisms of the decompression functions in the zlib compression library. The decompression functions inflate() and inflateBack() fail to handle certain error conditions properly. If an un-handled error condition is raised, the application linked to zlib may abruptly and abnormally terminate. This vulnerability may be exploited locally or remotely depending on the application being attacked.
This issue exists in zlib versions 1.2.0.x and 1.2.x, other versions are not vulnerable.
A malicious user may be able to intentionally raise an un-handled error condition by supplying the vulnerable functions with specially crafted compressed data. As a result, applications linked to the zlib library may abruptly and abnormally terminate resulting in a denial-of-service condition.
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This vulnerability was reported by OpenPKG.We thank Mark Adler for providing information about this vulnerability.
This document was written by Jeff Gennari.
|Date First Published:||2004-10-01|
|Date Last Updated:||2005-10-05 20:04 UTC|