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ISC InterNetNews (INN) contains buffer overflow in ARTpost() function

Vulnerability Note VU#759020

Original Release Date: 2004-01-15 | Last Revised: 2004-01-16


The Internet Software Consortium's (ISC) InterNetNews (INN) is a Usenet application. A vulnerability in INN may permit a remote attacker to compromise the system.


Version 2.4.0 of ISC's InterNetNews package contains a Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) server that contains a buffer overflow condition. Versions 2.3.x and prior are not vulnerable to this issue. The vulnerability is in the code that processes control messages, specifically the ARTpost() function.


Exploitation of this vulnerability could permit a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the vulnerable server with the privileges of the innd process.


Upgrade to version 2.4.1.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Internet Software Consortium

Updated:  January 15, 2004



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.


This vulnerability was introduced in version 2.4.0 and is resolved in version 2.4.1.

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Thanks to Russ Allbery for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jason A Rafail.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 17.72
Date Public: 2004-01-07
Date First Published: 2004-01-15
Date Last Updated: 2004-01-16 14:29 UTC
Document Revision: 16

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