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Ubuntu: curl vulnerability  03 March 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that curl did not enforce any restrictions when following URL redirects. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a URL to an untrusted server, an attacker could use redirects to gain access to abitrary files. This update changes curl behavior to prevent following "file" URLs after a redirect.
 
Ubuntu: NetworkManager vulnerability  03 March 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
USN-727-1 fixed vulnerabilities in network-manager-applet. This advisory provides the corresponding updates for NetworkManager. It was discovered that NetworkManager did not properly enforce permissions when responding to dbus requests. A local user could perform dbus queries to view system and user network connection passwords and pre-shared keys.
 
Ubuntu: network-manager-applet vulnerabilities  03 March 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that network-manager-applet did not properly enforce permissions when responding to dbus requests. A local user could perform dbus queries to view other users' network connection passwords and pre-shared keys.
 
Ubuntu: Git vulnerabilities  18 February 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that Git did not properly handle long file paths. If a user were tricked into performing commands on a specially crafted Git repository, an attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-3546) It was discovered that the Git web interface (gitweb) did not correctly handle shell metacharacters when processing certain commands. A remote attacker could send specially crafted commands to the Git server and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Git web server. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2008-5516, CVE-2008-5517) It was discovered that the Git web interface (gitweb) did not properly restrict the diff.external configuration parameter. A local attacker could exploit this issue and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Git web server. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and 8.10. (CVE-2008-5916)
 
Ubuntu: PHP vulnerabilities  12 February 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that PHP did not properly enforce php_admin_value and php_admin_flag restrictions in the Apache configuration file. A local attacker could create a specially crafted PHP script that would bypass intended security restrictions. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 7.10, and 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2007-5900)
 
Ubuntu: pam-krb5 vulnerabilities  12 February 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
It was discovered that pam_krb5 parsed environment variables when run with setuid applications. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to bypass authentication checks and gain root privileges. (CVE-2009-0360) Derek Chan discovered that pam_krb5 incorrectly handled refreshing existing credentials when used with setuid applications. A local attacker could exploit this to create or overwrite arbitrary files, and possibly gain root privileges. (CVE-2009-0361)
 
Ubuntu: Vim vulnerabilities  27 January 2009 
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Jan Minar discovered that Vim did not properly sanitize inputs before invoking the execute or system functions inside Vim scripts. If a user were tricked into running Vim scripts with a specially crafted input, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-2712) Ben Schmidt discovered that Vim did not properly escape characters when performing keyword or tag lookups. If a user were tricked into running specially crafted commands, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-4101)
 
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