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Wireshark contains an unspecified vulnerability in the XOT dissector

Vulnerability Note VU#723736

Original Release Date: 2006-11-30 | Last Revised: 2006-12-20


Wireshark contains a vulnerability in the XOT dissector that may cause the application to crash.


Wireshark contains a vulnerability in the XOT dissector that may allow the application to allocate a large amount of memory and cause the application to crash. This vulnerability may be exploited when a remote attacker sends a specially crafted, malformed packet or by convincing the user to read a malformed packet trace file.

Wireshark states that Wireshark version 0.99.3 is affected by this vulnerability.

Note: Ethereal has changed its name to Wireshark.


A remote attacker may be able to cause a denial-of-service condition.


Wireshark has released an updated product version (Wireshark 0.99.4).


Wireshark provides a workaround in security document wnpa-sec-2006-03.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected


Updated:  November 06, 2006



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Please see Wireshark security document wnpa-sec-2006-03 for further information.

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This vulnerability was reported in Wireshark document wnpa-sec-2006-03

This document was written by Katie Steiner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4805
Date Public: 2006-10-27
Date First Published: 2006-11-30
Date Last Updated: 2006-12-20 15:37 UTC
Document Revision: 18

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