Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code — GLSA 201803-04

A vulnerability in Newsbeuter may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary shell commands.

Affected Packages

net-news/newsbeuter on all architectures
Affected versions <= 2.9-r3
Unaffected versions

Background

Newsbeuter is a RSS/Atom feed reader for the text console.

Description

Newsbeuter does not properly escape shell meta-characters in an RSS item with a media enclosure in the podcast playback function of Podbeuter.

Impact

A remote attacker, by enticing a user to open a feed with a specially crafted media enclosure, could possibly execute arbitrary shell commands with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

Gentoo has discontinued support for Newsbeuter and recommends that users unmerge the package:

 # emerge --unmerge "net-news/newsbeuter"
 

References

Release Date
March 11, 2018

Latest Revision
March 11, 2018: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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