In a pretty rare occurrence, a remote buffer overflow in OpenBSD has been identified. The vulnerability exists in “dhcpd”, the DHCP daemon, and allows denial of service and arbitrary code execution on 4.0 – 4.2. This issue was originally published in May, but new developments have been made in refining the exploits and in details about the issue. Patches are available, and should be installed as soon as possible.
Apple updated QuickTime to fix several identified issues, including some security problems. The updates are now available, and if you use the Apple update service, you should get them applied automatically. The big problem repaired in this release is a heap overflow that can be used to seize control of machines. We mention this update because QuickTime is one of those pesky applications that seem to turn up everywhere, in many organizations. It would likely be wise to check not only workstations, but also any servers that are used in training, multi-media or presentations. QuickTime seems to be a common tool for these mechanisms.
Lastly, Solaris 10 systems have proven to be vulnerable to a new buffer overflow in the monitoring package “srsexec”. This is installed in many Solaris systems, especially those leveraging the centralized console management and administrative console applications. Attackers with local access to the Solaris system can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code as “root”, since the binary is suid by default. Patches are already available and should be applied as soon as practical.