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newsfetch -- server response buffer overflow vulnerability


The newsfetch program uses the sscanf function to read information from server responses into static memory buffers. Unfortunately this is done without any proper bounds checking. As a result long server responses may cause an overflow when a newsgroup listing is requested from an NNTP server.



portaudit: newsfetch -- server response buffer overflow vulnerability

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