Advisories ยป MGASA-2014-0442

Updated apt packages fix security vulnerability

Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Type: security
Affected Mageia releases : 3 , 4
CVE: CVE-2014-6273


The Google Security Team discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in the
HTTP transport code in apt-get. An attacker able to man-in-the-middle a HTTP
request to an apt repository can trigger the buffer overflow, leading to a
crash of the "http" apt method binary, or potentially to arbitrary code
execution (CVE-2014-6273).

Also fixed is parsing of Mageia package index "synthesis" files with lines
longer than 64k characters. This is necessary for upgrading to the "cauldron"
development distro that will become Mageia 5. Note however that upgrading from
Mageia 3 to Mageia 5 will not be supported.