GLSA 200904-07 Xpdf: Untrusted search path
Posted on: 04/07/2009 11:25 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200904-07
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Xpdf: Untrusted search path
Date: April 07, 2009
Bugs: #242930
ID: 200904-07

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

Background
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Xpdf is a PDF file viewer that runs under the X Window System.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-text/xpdf lt; 3.02-r2 gt;= 3.02-r2

Description
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Erik Wallin reported that Gentoo's Xpdf attempts to read the "xpdfrc"
file from the current working directory if it cannot find a ".xpdfrc"
file in the user's home directory. This is caused by a missing
definition of the SYSTEM_XPDFRC macro when compiling a repackaged
version of Xpdf.

Impact
======

A local attacker could entice a user to run "xpdf" from a directory
containing a specially crafted "xpdfrc" file, resulting in the
execution of arbitrary code when attempting to, e.g., print a file.

Workaround
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Do not run Xpdf from untrusted working directories.

Resolution
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All Xpdf users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-text/xpdf-3.02-r2"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2009-1144
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1144

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-200904-07.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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