GLSA-200809-12 : Newsbeuter: 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-200809-12
(Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

J.H.M. Dassen reported that the open-in-browser command does not
properly escape shell metacharacters in the URL before passing it to
system().

Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a feed with specially
crafted URLs, possibly resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary
shell commands 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-200809-12.xml

Solution :

All Newsbeuter users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-news/newsbeuter-1.2'

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: 34258 (gentoo_GLSA-200809-12.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-3907