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A exuberant-ctags security update has been released for Debian GNU/Linux 10 LTS to address a flaw that could result in arbitrary command execution.

DLA 3254-1: exuberant-ctags security update

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Debian LTS Advisory DLA-3254-1 Chris Lamb
December 31, 2022
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Package : exuberant-ctags
Version : 1:5.9~svn20110310-12+deb10u1
CVE ID : CVE-2022-4515
Debian Bug : 1026995

A flaw was found in the way the exubertant-ctags source code parser
handled the "-o" command-line option which specifies the tag
filename. A crafted tag filename specified in the command line or in
the configuration file could have resulted in arbitrary command
execution because the externalSortTags() in sort.c calls the
system(3) function in an unsafe way.

For Debian 10 buster, this problem has been fixed in version

We recommend that you upgrade your exuberant-ctags packages.

For the detailed security status of exuberant-ctags please refer to
its security tracker page at:

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