GLSA-200903-41 : gedit: Untrusted search path

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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-200903-41
(gedit: Untrusted search path)

James Vega reported that gedit uses the current working directory when
searching for python modules, a vulnerability related to CVE-2008-5983.

Impact :

A local attacker could entice a user to open gedit from a specially
crafted environment, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround :

Do not run gedit from untrusted working directories.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200903-41.xml

Solution :

All gedit 2.22.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-editors/gedit-2.22.3-r1'
All gedit 2.24.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-editors/gedit-2.24.3'

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.9
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 36055 (gentoo_GLSA-200903-41.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-5983
CVE-2009-0314