Secunia Research: GNOME Structured File Library "tar_directory_for_file()" Denial of Service Vulnerability

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                    Secunia Research 2016/12/07

      GNOME Structured File Library "tar_directory_for_file()"
                  Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Description of Vulnerability.........................................3
Solution.............................................................4
Time Table...........................................................5
Credits..............................................................6
References...........................................................7
About Flexera Software...............................................8
Verification.........................................................9

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1) Affected Software

* GNOME Structured File Library (libgsf) versions prior to 1.14.41.

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2) Severity

Rating: Moderately critical
Impact: Denial of Service
Where:  From remote

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3) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in  GNOME Structured
File Library,  which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a
DoS (Denial of Service).

The   vulnerability   is   caused   due   to   an  error  within  the
"tar_directory_for_file()" function (gsf-infile-tar.c),  which can be
exploited to trigger a Null pointer dereference and subsequently cause
a crash.

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4) Solution

Update to version 1.14.41.

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5) Time Table

2016/11/24 - Initial contact to clarify security contact.
2016/11/30 - Provision of vulnerability details to maintainer.
2016/11/30 - Maintainer supplies a patch file.
2016/12/03 - Maintainer commits a fix to source code repository.
2016/12/05 - Requested CVE identifier from MITRE.
2016/12/07 - MITRE assigned CVE identifier CVE-2016-9888.
2016/12/07 - Release of Secunia Advisory SA71201.
2016/12/07 - Public disclosure of Secunia Research Advisory.

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6) Credits

Discovered by Behzad Najjarpour Jabbari, Secunia Research at
Flexera Software.

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7) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the CVE-2016-9888 identifier for the vulnerability.

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8) About Flexera Software

Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase
application usage and the value they derive from their software.

http://www.flexerasoftware.com/enterprise/company/about/

Flexera Software  delivers  market-leading  Software  Vulnerability
Management solutions enabling enterprises to proactively identify and
remediate software vulnerabilities, effectively reducing the risk of
costly security breaches.

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Only a few vendors address vulnerabilities in a proper way and help
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In  2016,  Secunia Research  became  a  part  of  Flexera Software
and today our in-house software vulnerability research remains the
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9) Verification

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2016-17/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
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