GLSA-200405-19 : Opera telnet URI handler file creation/truncation vulnerability

Low Nessus Plugin ID 14505


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200405-19 (Opera telnet URI handler file creation/truncation vulnerability)

The telnet URI handler in Opera does not check for leading '-' characters in the host name. Consequently, a maliciously-crafted telnet:// link may be able to pass options to the telnet program itself. One example would be the following:
telnet://-nMyFile If MyFile exists in the user's home directory and the user clicking on the link has write permissions to it, the contents of the file will be overwritten with the output of the telnet trace information. If MyFile does not exist, the file will be created in the user's home directory.
Impact :

This exploit has two possible impacts. First, it may create new files in the user's home directory. Second, and far more serious, it may overwrite existing files that the user has write permissions to. An attacker with some knowledge of a user's home directory might be able to destroy important files stored within.
Workaround :

Disable the telnet URI handler from within Opera.


All Opera users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of the program:
# emerge sync # emerge -pv '>=www-client/opera-7.50_beta1' # emerge '>=www-client/opera-7.50_beta1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 14505

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200405-19.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/08/30

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.6

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2004/05/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0473

GLSA: 200405-19