RPM Package Manager CPIO Header numeric error

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in RPM Package Manager. This issue affects an unknown function of the component CPIO Header Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a numeric error vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-189. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 12/10/2014 by Florian Weimer with Red Hat (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at mandriva.com. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2014-8118 since 10/10/2014. Attacking locally is a requirement. The successful exploitation requires a simple authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 79842 (Amazon Linux AMI : rpm (ALAS-2014-458)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Amazon Linux Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 350244 (Amazon Linux Security Advisory for rpm: ALAS-2014-458).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 19379.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (79842). Entry connected to this vulnerability is available at 68410.


  • up to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5



CPE 2.3info

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

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Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 79842
Nessus Name: Amazon Linux AMI : rpm (ALAS-2014-458)
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OpenVAS ID: 14611
OpenVAS Name: Amazon Linux Local Check: ALAS-2014-458
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Advisory: RHSA-2014:1976
Researcher: Florian Weimer
Organization: Red Hat
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-8118 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1031331 - RPM Package Manager Integer Overflow in Processing RPM Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 47553 - RPM 4.1.0 and 4.12.0 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, Critical
SecurityFocus: 71588 - RPM CVE-2014-8118 CPIO Header Handling Integer Overflow Vulnerability

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Created: 12/11/2014 02:13 PM
Updated: 03/01/2022 09:19 AM
Changes: 12/11/2014 02:13 PM (71), 06/15/2017 11:18 AM (11), 03/01/2022 09:15 AM (3), 03/01/2022 09:19 AM (1)
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