Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : emacs24 vulnerability (USN-3427-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 103417
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionCharles A. Roelli discovered that Emacs incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file (e.g., email messages in gnus), an attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.
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SolutionUpdate the affected emacs24 package.