GLSA-200809-01 : yelp: 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-200809-01
(yelp: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

Aaron Grattafiori reported a format string vulnerability in the
window_error() function in yelp-window.c.

Impact :

A remote attacker can entice a user to open specially crafted 'man:' or
'ghelp:' URIs in yelp, or an application using yelp such as Firefox or
Evolution, and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of that user.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200809-01.xml

Solution :

All yelp users running GNOME 2.22 should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=gnome-extra/yelp-2.22.1-r2'
All yelp users running GNOME 2.20 should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=gnome-extra/yelp-2.20.0-r1'

Risk factor :

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

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 34090 (gentoo_GLSA-200809-01.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-3533