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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2006-5646

Severity Medium
Score 5/10

Summary

Heap-based buffer overflow in Sophos Anti-Virus and Endpoint Security before 6.0.5, Anti-Virus for Linux before 5.0.10, and other platforms before 4.11, when archive scanning is enabled, allows remote attackers to trigger a denial of service (memory corruption) via a CHM file with an LZX decompression header that specifies a Window_size of 0.

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  • NETWORK
  • NONE
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  • PARTIAL

CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.

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