GLSA-201006-14 : Newt: 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-201006-14
(Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

Miroslav Lichvar reported that Newt is prone to a heap-based buffer
overflow in textbox.c.

Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to enter a specially crafted
string into a text dialog box rendered by Newt, possibly resulting in
the remote execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user
running the application, or a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-201006-14.xml

Solution :

All Newt users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/newt-0.52.10-r1'
NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are
available since October 26, 2009. It is likely that your system is
already no longer affected by this issue.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.4
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 46794 (gentoo_GLSA-201006-14.nasl)

Bugtraq ID: 36515

CVE ID: CVE-2009-2905