file: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 201701-42

Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in file, the worst of which could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

sys-apps/file on all architectures
Affected versions < 5.23
Unaffected versions >= 5.23

Background

file is a utility that guesses a file format by scanning binary data for patterns.

Description

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in file. Please review the CVE identifiers referenced below for details.

Impact

A remote attacker could entice a user or automated system to process a specially crafted input file, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process, a Denial of Service condition or have other unspecified impacts.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All file users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/file-5.23"
 

References

Release Date
January 17, 2017

Latest Revision
January 17, 2017: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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