GLSA 200405-19: Opera
Posted on: 05/25/2004 02:12 PM

An Opera update is available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200405-19
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Opera telnet URI handler file creation/truncation
vulnerability
Date: May 25, 2004
Bugs: #50857
ID: 200405-19

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability exists in Opera's telnet URI handler that may allow a remote attacker to overwrite arbitrary files.

Background
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Opera is a multi-platform web browser.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-www/opera < 7.50_beta1 >= 7.50_beta1

Description
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The telnet URI handler in Opera does not check for leading '-' characters in the host name. Consequently, a maliciously-crafted telnet:// link may be able to pass options to the telnet program itself. One example would be the following:

telnet://-nMyFile

If MyFile exists in the user's home directory and the user clicking on the link has write permissions to it, the contents of the file will be overwritten with the output of the telnet trace information. If MyFile does not exist, the file will be created in the user's home directory.

Impact
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This exploit has two possible impacts. First, it may create new files in the user's home directory. Second, and far more serious, it may overwrite existing files that the user has write permissions to. An attacker with some knowledge of a user's home directory might be able to destroy important files stored within.

Workaround
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Disable the telnet URI handler from within Opera.

Resolution
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All Opera users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of the program:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=net-www/opera-7.50_beta1"
# emerge ">=net-www/opera-7.50_beta1"

References
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[ 1 ] iDEFENSE Security Advisory 05.12.04
http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=104type=vulnerabilitiesflashstatus=true

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200405-19.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Technologies, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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