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639486: CVE-2010-3445 wireshark: stack overflow in BER dissector

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Stack consumption vulnerability in the dissect_ber_unknown function in epan/dissectors/packet-ber.c in the BER dissector in Wireshark 1.4.x before 1.4.1 and 1.2.x before 1.2.12 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and crash) via a long string in an unknown ASN.1/BER encoded packet, as demonstrated using SNMP.

Find out more about CVE-2010-3445 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update to wireshark in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 may address this flaw.

This issue was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 2.9
Base Metrics AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P
Access Vector Adjacent Network
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Partial

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (wireshark) RHSA-2011:0370 2011-03-21
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (wireshark) RHSA-2011:0370 2011-03-21
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (wireshark) RHSA-2010:0924 2010-11-30

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 wireshark Affected

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