GNU Wget: Password and metadata leak — GLSA 201903-08

A vulnerability in GNU Wget which could allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information.

Affected Packages

net-misc/wget on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.20.1
Unaffected versions >= 1.20.1

Background

GNU Wget is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols.

Description

A vulnerability was discovered in GNU Wget’s file_metadata in xattr.c.

Impact

A local attacker could obtain sensitive information to include credentials.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All GNU Wget users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/wget-1.20.1"
 

References

Release Date
March 10, 2019

Latest Revision
March 10, 2019: 1

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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