xloadimage security update (RHSA-2005-802)

Original Release Date: January 16, 2006
Last Revised: February 17, 2006
Number: ASA-2006-013
Risk Level: Low
Advisory Version: 2.0
Advisory Status: Interim

1. Overview:

The xloadimage utility displays images in an X Window System window, loads images into the root window, or writes images into a file. Xloadimage supports many image types (including GIF, TIFF, JPEG, XPM, and XBM).

A flaw was discovered in xloadimage via which an attacker can construct a NIFF image with a very long embedded image title. This image can cause a buffer overflow. Several Avaya System products ship with xloadimage installed. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-3178 to this issue.

More information about this vulnerability can be found in the security advisory issued by RedHat Linux:

2. Avaya System Products with xloadimage installed:

Product: Affected Version(s): Risk Level: Actions:
Avaya Intuity LX All Low See recommended actions below.  An update is being considered for a future release.
Avaya Messaging Storage Server All Low See recommended actions below.  An update is being considered for a future release.
Avaya Message Networking All Low See recommended actions below.  An update is being considered for a future release.

Recommended Actions:
For all system products which use vulnerable versions of xloadimage, Avaya recommends that customers restrict local and network access to the server. This restriction should be enforced through the use of physical security, firewalls, ACLs, VPNs, and other generally-accepted networking practices until such time as an update becomes available and can be installed.

3. Avaya Software-Only Products

Avaya software-only products operate on general-purpose operating systems. Occasionally vulnerabilities may be discovered in the underlying operating system or applications that come with the operating system. These vulnerabilities often do not impact the software-only product directly but may threaten the integrity of the underlying platform.

In the case of this advisory Avaya software-only products are not affected by the vulnerability directly but the underlying Linux platform may be. Customers should determine on which Linux operating system the product was installed and then follow that vendors guidance:

4. Software-Only Products:

Product: Affected Version(s): Risk Level: Actions:
Avaya Interactive Response(IR) All None Depending on the Operating System provided by customers, the affected packages may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the IR application. The IR application does not require the software described in this advisory.
CVLAN all Low See recommended actions below.
Avaya Integrated Management Suite(IMS) All None Depending on the Operating System provided by customers, the affected packages may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the IMS application. The IMS application does not require the software described in this advisory.

Recommended Actions:
Avaya recommends that customers follow recommended actions supplied by the Operating System vendor (e.g. Red Hat)

5. Additional Information:

Additional information may also be available via the Avaya support website and through your Avaya account representative. Please contact your Avaya product support representative, or dial 1-800-242-2121, with any questions.

6. Disclaimer:

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7. Revision History:

V 1.0 - January 16, 2006 - Initial Statement issued.
V 2.0 - February 17, 2006 - Minor formatting changes made.

Send information regarding any discovered security problems with Avaya products to either the contact noted in the product's documentation or securityalerts@avaya.com.

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