SETI@home Client 3.3/3.4/3.5/3.6/3.7 memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in SETI@home Client 3.3/3.4/3.5/3.6/3.7. It has been rated as critical. This issue affects an unknown function. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 04/06/2003 by Berend-Jan Wever (SkyLined) with Zero Day Initiative (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2003-1118 since 03/11/2005. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The exploit is available at The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 52517 (Fedora 15 : gitolite-1.5.8-3.fc15 (2011-1616)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (11731), Tenable (52517) and Exploit-DB (8).




CPE 2.3info

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.6

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 52517
Nessus Name: Fedora 15 : gitolite-1.5.8-3.fc15 (2011-1616)
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OpenVAS ID: 52517
OpenVAS Name: FreeBSD Ports: setiathome
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Recommended: Upgrade
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04/06/2003 🔍
04/06/2003 +0 days 🔍
04/06/2003 +0 days 🔍
12/31/2003 +269 days 🔍
03/11/2005 +436 days 🔍
03/15/2005 +3 days 🔍
09/04/2008 +1269 days 🔍
03/08/2021 +4568 days 🔍


Advisory: [404 Not Found]
Researcher: Berend-Jan Wever (SkyLined)
Organization: Zero Day Initiative
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2003-1118 (🔍)
X-Force: 11731 - SETI@home newline character (\n) buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityFocus: 7292 - SETI@home Client Program Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
OSVDB: 16017 - SETI@home Client Server Response String Overflow

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Created: 04/06/2003 02:00 AM
Updated: 03/08/2021 08:29 AM
Changes: 04/06/2003 02:00 AM (78), 01/11/2019 11:56 AM (5), 03/08/2021 08:29 AM (2)
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