GLSA 200511-09 Lynx: Arbitrary command execution
Posted on: 11/13/2005 06:32 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Lynx: Arbitrary command execution. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200511-09
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Lynx: Arbitrary command execution
Date: November 13, 2005
Bugs: #112213
ID: 200511-09

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Synopsis
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Lynx is vulnerable to an issue which allows the remote execution of
arbitrary commands.

Background
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Lynx is a fully-featured WWW client for users running
cursor-addressable, character-cell display devices such as vt100
terminals and terminal emulators.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 www-client/lynx lt; 2.8.5-r2 gt;= 2.8.5-r2

Description
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iDefense labs discovered a problem within the feature to execute local
cgi-bin programs via the "lynxcgi:" URI handler. Due to a configuration
error, the default settings allow websites to specify commands to run
as the user running Lynx.

Impact
======

A remote attacker can entice a user to access a malicious HTTP server,
causing Lynx to execute arbitrary commands.

Workaround
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Disable "lynxcgi" links by specifying the following directive in
lynx.cfg:

TRUSTED_LYNXCGI:none

Resolution
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All Lynx users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=www-client/lynx-2.8.5-r2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2005-2929
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2005-2929
[ 2 ] iDefense Security Advisory 11.11.05

http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id38type=vulnerabilities

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-200511-09.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 2005 Gentoo Foundation, 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/2.0



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