Vulnerability Note VU#695486

Ethereal fails to properly handle malformed color filter files

Original Release date: 24 Mar 2004 | Last revised: 05 Apr 2004


Ethereal fails to properly handle malformed color filter files, which could allow an attacker to cause a segmentation fault.


Ethereal is a network traffic analysis package. It provides a feature that allows a user to customize the foreground and background colors of packet information that is displayed. There is a vulnerability in the way Ethereal handles color filter files. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a malformed color filter.


A local attacker could cause a segmentation fault in Ethereal, leading to a denial of service.



Upgrade to version 0.10.3 or later.

Note: Ethereal is considered BETA software at this time.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
EtherealAffected-24 Mar 2004
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This vulnerability was reported by the developers of Ethereal.

This document was written by Damon Morda.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 22 Mar 2004
  • Date First Published: 24 Mar 2004
  • Date Last Updated: 05 Apr 2004
  • Severity Metric: 1.34
  • Document Revision: 11


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