A vulnerability was reported in RPM Package Manager. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.
Version(s): 22.214.171.124 and prior versions.
RPM Package Manager Header Validation Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code.
RPM Package Manager Advisory
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1026134
A remote user can create a specially crafted RPM package that, when queried or installed by the target user, will trigger a buffer overflow or memory corruption error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.
The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a command line driven package management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying, querying, and updating software packages.
Multiple flaws were found in the way the RPM library parsed package headers. An attacker could create a specially-crafted RPM package that, when queried or installed, would cause rpm to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2011-3378)
Although an RPM package can, by design, execute arbitrary code when installed, this issue would allow a specially-crafted RPM package to execute arbitrary code before its digital signature has been verified.
All RPM users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct these issues. All running applications linked against the RPM library must be restarted for this update to take effect.
RHN Updated packages