ELinks: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code — GLSA 200706-03

A vulnerability has been discovered in ELinks allowing for the user-assisted execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

www-client/elinks on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.11.2-r1
Unaffected versions >= 0.11.2-r1

Background

ELinks is a text-mode web browser.

Description

Arnaud Giersch discovered that the "add_filename_to_string()" function in file intl/gettext/loadmsgcat.c uses an untrusted relative path, allowing for a format string attack with a malicious .po file.

Impact

A local attacker could entice a user to run ELinks in a specially crafted directory environment containing a malicious ".po" file, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running ELinks.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All ELinks users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-client/elinks-0.11.2-r1"

References

Release Date
June 06, 2007

Latest Revision
June 06, 2007: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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