GLSA 200802-05 Gnumeric: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Posted on: 02/12/2008 10:50 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Gnumeric: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200802-05
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Gnumeric: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: February 12, 2008
Bugs: #208356
ID: 200802-05

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Synopsis
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Several integer overflow vulnerabilities have been reported in
Gnumeric, possibly resulting in user-assisted execution of arbitrary
code.

Background
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The Gnumeric spreadsheet is a versatile application developed as part
of the GNOME Office project.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-office/gnumeric lt; 1.8.1 gt;= 1.8.1

Description
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Multiple integer overflow and signedness errors have been reported in
the excel_read_HLINK() function in file plugins/excel/ms-excel-read.c
when processing XLS HLINK opcodes.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted XLS
file, possibly resulting in the remote 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 Gnumeric users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-office/gnumeric-1.8.1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-0668
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0668

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-200802-05.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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