GLSA 200903-41 gedit: Untrusted search path
Posted on: 03/31/2009 12:55 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-41
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: gedit: Untrusted search path
Date: March 30, 2009
Bugs: #257004
ID: 200903-41

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in gedit might allow local attackers to execute
arbitrary code.

Background
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gedit is a text editor for the GNOME desktop.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-editors/gedit lt; 2.24.3 *gt;= 2.22.3-r1
gt;= 2.24.3

Description
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James Vega reported that gedit uses the current working directory when
searching for python modules, a vulnerability related to CVE-2008-5983.

Impact
======

A local attacker could entice a user to open gedit from a specially
crafted environment, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround
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Do not run gedit from untrusted working directories.

Resolution
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All gedit 2.22.x users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-editors/gedit-2.22.3-r1"

All gedit 2.24.x users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-editors/gedit-2.24.3"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-5983
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5983
[ 2 ] CVE-2009-0314
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-0314

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-200903-41.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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