GLSA 200801-21 Xdg-Utils: Arbitrary command execution
Posted on: 01/31/2008 12:20 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200801-21
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Xdg-Utils: Arbitrary command execution
Date: January 30, 2008
Bugs: #207331
ID: 200801-21

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability has been discovered in Xdg-Utils, allowing for the
remote execution of arbitrary commands.

Background
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Xdg-Utils is a set of tools allowing all applications to easily
integrate with the Free Desktop configuration.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-misc/xdg-utils lt; 1.0.2-r1 gt;= 1.0.2-r1

Description
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Miroslav Lichvar discovered that the "xdg-open" and "xdg-email" shell
scripts do not properly sanitize their input before processing it.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted link
with a vulnerable application using Xdg-Utils (e.g. an email client),
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the
user running the application.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Xdg-Utils users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=x11-misc/xdg-utils-1.0.2-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-0386
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0386

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-200801-21.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 2008 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/2.5



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