GLSA-200405-11 : KDE URI Handler Vulnerabilities

High Nessus Plugin ID 14497


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200405-11 (KDE URI Handler Vulnerabilities)

The telnet, rlogin, ssh and mailto URI handlers in KDE do not check for '-' at the beginning of the hostname passed. By crafting a malicious URI and entice an user to click on it, it is possible to pass an option to the programs started by the handlers (typically telnet, kmail...).
Impact :

If the attacker controls the options passed to the URI handling programs, it becomes possible for example to overwrite arbitrary files (possibly leading to denial of service), to open kmail on an attacker-controlled remote display or with an alternate configuration file (possibly leading to control of the user account).
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time. All users are advised to upgrade to a corrected version of kdelibs.


Users of KDE 3.1 should upgrade to the corrected version of kdelibs:
# emerge sync # emerge -pv '=kde-base/kdelibs-3.1.5-r1' # emerge '=kde-base/kdelibs-3.1.5-r1' Users of KDE 3.2 should upgrade to the latest available version of kdelibs:
# emerge sync # emerge -pv '>=kde-base/kdelibs-3.2.2-r1' # emerge '>=kde-base/kdelibs-3.2.2-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 14497

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200405-11.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/08/30

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:kdelibs, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2004/05/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0411

GLSA: 200405-11