RHSA-2005:421 - Security Advisory
tcpdump security update
Security Advisory: Moderate
Updated tcpdump packages that fix several security issues are now available.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
These updated packages also add support for output files larger than 2 GB,
add support for some new VLAN IDs, and fix message parsing on 64bit
Tcpdump is a command-line tool for monitoring network traffic.
Several denial of service bugs were found in the way tcpdump processes
certain network packets. It is possible for an attacker to inject a
carefully crafted packet onto the network, crashing a running tcpdump
session. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the names CAN-2005-1278, CAN-2005-1279, and CAN-2005-1280 to
Additionally, the tcpdump utility can now write a file larger than 2 GB,
parse some new VLAN IDs, and parse messages on 64bit architectures.
Users of tcpdump are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which
contain backported security patches and are not vulnerable to these issues.
Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied. Use Red Hat
Network to download and update your packages. To launch the Red Hat
Update Agent, use the following command:
For information on how to install packages manually, refer to the
following Web page for the System Administration or Customization
guide specific to your system:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3 ia64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3 ia64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 3 x86_64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 3 i386
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems 3 s390x
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems 3 s390
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, big endian 3 ppc
- BZ - 132781 - [RHEL3] tcpdump not decoding NFS traffic properly on ia64
- BZ - 147027 - when will tcpdump 3.8 be available in RHEL 3?
- BZ - 147840 - tcpdump can't write to a file greater than 2G
- BZ - 156040 - CAN-2005-1280 Multiple DoS issues in tcpdump (CAN-2005-1279 CAN-2005-1278)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM z Systems 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power, big endian 3