GLSA-200611-17 : fvwm: fvwm-menu-directory fvwm command injection

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Synopsis :

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

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200611-17
(fvwm: fvwm-menu-directory fvwm command injection)

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered that
fvwm-menu-directory does not sufficiently sanitise directory names
prior to generating menus.

Impact :

A local attacker who can convince an fvwm-menu-directory user to browse
a directory they control could cause fvwm commands to be executed with
the privileges of the fvwm user. Fvwm commands can be used to execute
arbitrary shell commands.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200611-17.xml

Solution :

All fvwm users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=x11-wm/fvwm-2.5.18-r1'

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 23725 (gentoo_GLSA-200611-17.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2006-5969