Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.04 / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS : emacs21, emacs22 vulnerabilities (USN-607-1)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2008-2013 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2008-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.


Synopsis :

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

Description :

It was discovered that Emacs did not account for precision when
formatting integers. If a user were tricked into opening a specially
crafted file, an attacker could cause a denial of service or possibly
other unspecified actions. This issue does not affect Ubuntu 8.04.
(CVE-2007-6109)

Steve Grubb discovered that the vcdiff script as included in Emacs
created temporary files in an insecure way when used with SCCS. Local
users could exploit a race condition to create or overwrite files with
the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-1694).

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Critical / CVSS Base Score : 10.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 32187 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2007-6109
CVE-2008-1694