Wireshark up to 1.12.12/2.0.4 packet-packetbb.c divide by zero

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A vulnerability was found in Wireshark up to 1.12.12/2.0.4 (Packet Analyzer Software) and classified as problematic. Affected by this issue is an unknown code block of the file epan/dissectors/packet-packetbb.c. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a divide by zero vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-369. The product divides a value by zero. Impacted is availability. CVE summarizes:

epan/dissectors/packet-packetbb.c in the PacketBB dissector in Wireshark 1.12.x before 1.12.13 and 2.x before 2.0.5 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (divide-by-zero error and application crash) via a crafted packet.

The weakness was disclosed 08/06/2016 (Website). The advisory is available at openwall.com. This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2016-6505 since 08/01/2016. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details as well as a public exploit are known. This vulnerability is assigned to T1499 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The exploit is available at exploit-db.com. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 93342 (SUSE SLES11 Security Update : wireshark (SUSE-SU-2016:2212-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SuSE Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 175813 (Debian Security Update for wireshark (DSA 3648-1)).

Upgrading to version 1.12.13 or 2.0.5 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 4 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (93342) and Exploit-DB (40197).






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Class: Divide by zero
CWE: CWE-369 / CWE-404

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 93342
Nessus Name: SUSE SLES11 Security Update : wireshark (SUSE-SU-2016:2212-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 902250
OpenVAS Name: Wireshark Multiple Denial of Service Vulnerabilities-02 August16 (Windows)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Wireshark 1.12.13/2.0.5
Patch: 94e97e45cf614c7bb8fe90c23df52910246b2c95


07/28/2016 🔍
08/01/2016 +4 days 🔍
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09/02/2016 +25 days 🔍
09/06/2016 +4 days 🔍
09/13/2022 +2198 days 🔍


Product: wireshark.org

Advisory: openwall.com
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2016-6505 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1036480
SecurityFocus: 92163 - Wireshark 'epan/dissectors/packet-packetbb.c' Denial of Service Vulnerability

scip Labs: https://www.scip.ch/en/?labs.20161013


Created: 08/08/2016 03:27 PM
Updated: 09/13/2022 10:51 AM
Changes: 08/08/2016 03:27 PM (68), 03/22/2019 10:55 AM (16), 09/13/2022 10:51 AM (6)
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