Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : gedit vulnerability (USN-138-1)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2005-2013 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2006-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.

Description :

A format string vulnerability has been discovered in gedit. Calling
the program with specially crafted file names caused a buffer
overflow, which could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the gedit user.

This becomes security relevant if e. g. your web browser is configued
to open URLs in gedit. If you never open untrusted file names or URLs
in gedit, this flaw does not affect you.

Solution :

Update the affected gedit, gedit-common and / or gedit-dev packages.

Risk factor :

Low / CVSS Base Score : 2.6

Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 20530 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2005-1686