tcpdump up to 4.6.2 OLSR Decoder olsr_print numeric error

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A vulnerability was found in tcpdump (Packet Analyzer Software). It has been rated as problematic. This issue affects the function olsr_print of the component OLSR Decoder. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a numeric error vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-189. Impacted is availability.

The weakness was shared 11/17/2014 by Steffen Bauch as confirmed posting (Bugtraq). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2014-8767 since 11/13/2014. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details as well as a public exploit are known.

A public exploit has been developed by Steffen Bauch in Python and been published immediately after the advisory. The exploit is available at It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 79697 (Debian DSA-3086-1 : tcpdump - security update), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 170023 (OpenSUSE Security Update for tcpdump, libpcap (openSUSE-SU-2017:1199-1)). The code used by the exploit is:

#!/usr/bin/env python 
from socket import socket, AF_PACKET, SOCK_RAW 
s = socket(AF_PACKET, SOCK_RAW) 
s.bind(("lo", 0)) 
olsr_frame = 

Upgrading to version 4.7.0 eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be patching the affected component. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (98765) and Tenable (79697). The entries 68218 and 68220 are related to this item.






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Class: Numeric error
CWE: CWE-189
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Steffen Bauch
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Nessus ID: 79697
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-3086-1 : tcpdump - security update
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OpenVAS ID: 703086
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 3086-1 (tcpdump - security update)
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Upgrade: tcpdump 4.7.0


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Advisory: USN-2433-1
Researcher: Steffen Bauch
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-8767 (🔍)

X-Force: 98765 - tcpdump olsr_print() denial of service, Medium Risk
SecurityTracker: 1031235 - Tcpdump Multiple Flaws Let Remote Users Deny Service
Vulnerability Center: 52169 - RedHat tcpdump 3.9.6 Through 4.6.2 Remote Denial-of Service via a Crafted Length in an OLSR Frame, Medium
SecurityFocus: 71150 - tcpdump 'olsr_print()' Function Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 11/19/2014 10:35 AM
Updated: 02/24/2022 11:23 PM
Changes: 11/19/2014 10:35 AM (86), 10/24/2017 09:39 AM (7), 02/24/2022 11:08 PM (3), 02/24/2022 11:23 PM (1)
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