Date: 12 December 2006
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2006.0903 -- [Linux]
Linux "madwifi" Atheros wireless driver buffer overflow vulnerability
12 December 2006
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Madwifi driver
Operating System: Linux variants
Impact: Root Compromise
CVE Names: CVE-2006-6332
Original Bulletin: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/925529
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US-CERT Vulnerability Note VU#925529
Madwifi wireless driver buffer overflow vulnerability
A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the Madwifi wireless driver.
If successfully exploited, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary
code, or cause a denial-of-service condition.
The Madwifi driver is a Linux kernel device driver for Atheros-based
802.11 a/b/g compatible wireless LAN adapters. Linux distributions
may include the Madwifi driver in their default installation, or as
an optional package. Commercial access points and networking equipment
may also use the Madwifi driver.
A buffer overflow vulnerability has been discovered in the Madwifi
driver. This overflow occurs because the driver does not properly
process the information element part of probe response management
frames. An attacker within radio range may be able to trigger the
overflow by sending a specially-crafted 802.11 management frame to a
vulnerable system. Since 802.11b and 802.11g management frames are
not encrypted or authenticated, using wireless encryption (WEP/WPA)
does not mitigate this vulnerability.
This vulnerability, and the patch, are documented in Madwifi's Changeset
A remote, unauthenticated attacker within 802.11 radio range may be
able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges, or cause a
The madwifi team has released an upgrade that addresses this issue.
Users who do not compile their kernel from source should see the
systems affected portion of this document for information about
Vendor Status Date Updated
Conectiva Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Debian GNU/Linux Not Vulnerable 11-Dec-2006
Engarde Secure Linux Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Fedora Project Not Vulnerable 11-Dec-2006
Gentoo Linux Vulnerable 11-Dec-2006
Hewlett-Packard Company Unknown 8-Dec-2006
IBM Corporation (zseries) Unknown 8-Dec-2006
IBM eServer Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Immunix Communications, Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Ingrian Networks, Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
MadWifi Vulnerable 8-Dec-2006
Mandriva, Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
MontaVista Software, Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Novell, Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Openwall GNU/*/Linux Not Vulnerable 11-Dec-2006
Red Hat, Inc. Not Vulnerable 11-Dec-2006
Slackware Linux Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Sun Microsystems, Inc. Unknown 8-Dec-2006
SUSE Linux Unknown 8-Dec-2006
The SCO Group Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Trustix Secure Linux Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Turbolinux Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Ubuntu Unknown 8-Dec-2006
Thanks to the Madwifi Team for providing information about this vulnerability.
This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.
Date Public 12/07/2006
Date First Published 12/08/2006 01:33:50 PM
Date Last Updated 12/11/2006
CVE Name CVE-2006-6332
Document Revision 28
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