Gnumeric: Untrusted search path — GLSA 200904-03

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

Affected Packages

app-office/gnumeric on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.8.4-r1
Unaffected versions >= 1.8.4-r1

Background

The Gnumeric spreadsheet is a versatile application developed as part of the GNOME Office project.

Description

James Vega reported an untrusted search path vulnerability in the GObject Python interpreter wrapper in Gnumeric.

Impact

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

Workaround

Do not run "gnumeric" from untrusted working directories.

Resolution

All Gnumeric users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/gnumeric-1.8.4-r1"

References

Release Date
April 03, 2009

Latest Revision
April 03, 2009: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

Bugzilla entries