Gentoo: gedit Format string vulnerability
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Gentoo gedit suffers from a format string vulnerability that could allow arbitrary code execution.
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200506-09
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                                            http://security.gentoo.org/
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: gedit: Format string vulnerability
      Date: June 11, 2005
      Bugs: #93352
        ID: 200506-09

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Synopsis
========

gedit suffers from a format string vulnerability that could allow
arbitrary code execution.

Background
==========

gedit is the official text editor of the GNOME desktop environement.

Affected packages
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     Package            /  Vulnerable  /                    Unaffected
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  1  app-editors/gedit      < 2.10.3                         >= 2.10.3

Description
===========

A format string vulnerability exists when opening files with names
containing format specifiers.

Impact
======

A specially crafted file with format specifiers in the filename can
cause arbitrary code execution.

Workaround
==========

There are no known workarounds at this time.

Resolution
==========

All gedit users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-editors/gedit-2.10.3"

References
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  [ 1 ] BugTraq ID 13699
        http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/13699
  [ 2 ] gedit 10.3 Release Notes

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-announce-list/2005-June/msg00006.html

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200506-09.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0