GLSA-200706-03 : ELinks: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

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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-200706-03
(ELinks: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

Arnaud Giersch discovered that the 'add_filename_to_string()' function
in file intl/gettext/loadmsgcat.c uses an untrusted relative path,
allowing for a format string attack with a malicious .po file.

Impact :

A local attacker could entice a user to run ELinks in a specially
crafted directory environment containing a malicious '.po' file,
possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the
privileges of the user running ELinks.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200706-03.xml

Solution :

All ELinks users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=www-client/elinks-0.11.2-r1'

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.4
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 25453 (gentoo_GLSA-200706-03.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2007-2027