CVE-2008-3908

NameCVE-2008-3908
DescriptionMultiple buffer overflows in Princeton WordNet (wn) 3.0 allow context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via (1) a long argument on the command line; a long (2) WNSEARCHDIR, (3) WNHOME, or (4) WNDBVERSION environment variable; or (5) a user-supplied dictionary (aka data file). NOTE: since WordNet itself does not run with special privileges, this issue only crosses privilege boundaries when WordNet is invoked as a third party component.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SuSE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
ReferencesDSA-1634-1, DTSA-163-1
NVD severityhigh (attack range: remote)
Debian Bugs497441

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
wordnet (PTS)wheezy1:3.0-29fixed
buster, sid, jessie, stretch1:3.0-33fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
wordnetsource(unstable)1:3.0-12medium497441
wordnetsourceetch1:2.1-4+etch1high
wordnetsourcelenny3.0-11+lenny1high

Notes

1:3.0-12 had a regression and the patch was slightly updated
by 1:3.0-13 to fix this bug

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