GLSA-200801-21 : Xdg-Utils: Arbitrary command execution

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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-200801-21
(Xdg-Utils: Arbitrary command execution)

Miroslav Lichvar discovered that the 'xdg-open' and 'xdg-email' shell
scripts do not properly sanitize their input before processing it.

Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted link
with a vulnerable application using Xdg-Utils (e.g. an email client),
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the
user running the application.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200801-21.xml

Solution :

All Xdg-Utils users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=x11-misc/xdg-utils-1.0.2-r1'

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.8
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 30138 (gentoo_GLSA-200801-21.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-0386