GLSA 200902-06 GNU Emacs, XEmacs: Multiple vulnerabilities
Posted on: 02/24/2009 12:10 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - GNU Emacs, XEmacs: Multiple vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200902-06
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: GNU Emacs, XEmacs: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: February 23, 2009
Bugs: #221197, #236498
ID: 200902-06

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Synopsis
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Two vulnerabilities were found in GNU Emacs, possibly leading to
user-assisted execution of arbitrary code. One also affects edit-utils
in XEmacs.

Background
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GNU Emacs and XEmacs are highly extensible and customizable text
editors. edit-utils are miscellaneous extensions to XEmacs.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-editors/emacs lt; 22.2-r3 gt;= 22.2-r3
*gt;= 21.4-r17
lt; 19
2 app-xemacs/edit-utils lt; 2.39 gt;= 2.39
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2 affected packages on all of their supported architectures.
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Description
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Morten Welinder reports about GNU Emacs and edit-utils in XEmacs: By
shipping a .flc accompanying a source file (.c for example) and setting
font-lock-support-mode to fast-lock-mode in the source file through
local variables, any Lisp code in the .flc file is executed without
warning (CVE-2008-2142).

Romain Francoise reported a security risk in a feature of GNU Emacs
related to interacting with Python. The vulnerability arises because
Python, by default, prepends the current directory to the module search
path, allowing for arbitrary code execution when launched from a
specially crafted directory (CVE-2008-3949).

Impact
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Remote attackers could entice a user to open a specially crafted file
in GNU Emacs, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary Emacs Lisp
code or arbitrary Python code with the privileges of the user running
GNU Emacs or XEmacs.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All GNU Emacs users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-editors/emacs-22.2-r3"

All edit-utils users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-xemacs/edit-utils-2.39"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-2142
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-2142
[ 2 ] CVE-2008-3949
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3949

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-200902-06.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 2009 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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