GLSA 200903-16 Epiphany: Untrusted search path
Posted on: 03/09/2009 03:15 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Epiphany: Untrusted search path. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-16
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Epiphany: Untrusted search path
Date: March 09, 2009
Bugs: #257000
ID: 200903-16

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Synopsis
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An untrusted search path vulnerability in Epiphany might result in the
execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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Epiphany is a GNOME webbrowser based on the Mozilla rendering engine
Gecko.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 www-client/epiphany lt; 2.22.3-r2 gt;= 2.22.3-r2

Description
===========

James Vega reported an untrusted search path vulnerability in the
Python interface.

Impact
======

A local attacker could entice a user to run Epiphany from a directory
containing a specially crafted python module, resulting in the
execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running
Epiphany.

Workaround
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Do not run "epiphany" from untrusted working directories.

Resolution
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All Epiphany users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=www-client/epiphany-2.22.3-r2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-5985
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5985

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-200903-16.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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