LibYAML: Arbitrary code execution

2014-05-23T00:00:00
ID GLSA-201405-27
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2014-05-23T00:00:00

Description

Background

LibYAML is a YAML 1.1 parser and emitter written in C.

Description

The yaml_parser_scan_uri_escapes() function does not properly expand strings passed as input, which can result in a heap-based buffer overflow.

Impact

An attacker could provide a specially-crafted YAML document, which, when parsed by LibYAML, could result in arbitrary code execution or cause the application to crash.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All LibYAML users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/libyaml-0.1.6"

Packages which depend on this library may need to be recompiled. Tools such as revdep-rebuild may assist in identifying these packages.