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<title>Buffer Overflow in Firebird</title>
A buffer overflow via environmental variables in Firebird may allow a local
user to manipulate or destroy local databases and trojan the Firebird
<product type="ebuild">firebird</product>
<announced>May 23, 2004</announced>
<revised>May 22, 2006: 02</revised>
<package name="dev-db/firebird" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">1.5</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">1.5</vulnerable>
Firebird is an open source relational database that runs on Linux,
Windows, and various UNIX systems.
A buffer overflow exists in three Firebird binaries (gds_inet_server,
gds_lock_mgr, and gds_drop) that is exploitable by setting a large
value to the INTERBASE environment variable.
<impact type="high">
An attacker could control program execution, allowing privilege
escalation to the UID of Firebird, full access to Firebird databases,
and trojaning the Firebird binaries. An attacker could use this to
compromise other user or root accounts.
There is no known workaround.
All users should upgrade to the latest version of Firebird:
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv &quot;&gt;=dev-db/firebird-1.5&quot;
# emerge &quot;&gt;=dev-db/firebird-1.5&quot;</code>
<uri link="">Bugtraq Security Announcement</uri>
<uri link=";atid=109028&amp;func=detail&amp;aid=739480">Sourceforge BugTracker Announcement</uri>
<uri link="">CVE-2003-0281</uri>
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