w3m: SSL spoofing vulnerability — GLSA 201210-01

An error in the hostname matching of w3m might enable remote attackers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks.

Affected Packages

www-client/w3m on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.5.2-r4
Unaffected versions >= 0.5.2-r4

Background

w3m is a text based WWW browser.

Description

A SSL spoofing vulnerability has been discovered in w3m. Please review the CVE identifier referenced below for details.

Impact

A remote attacker might employ a specially crafted certificate to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks on SSL connections made using w3m.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All w3m users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-client/w3m-0.5.2-r4"
 

References

Release Date
October 18, 2012

Latest Revision
October 18, 2012: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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