GLSA-200706-03 : ELinks: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

medium Nessus Plugin ID 25453


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200706-03 (ELinks: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

Arnaud Giersch discovered that the 'add_filename_to_string()' function in file intl/gettext/loadmsgcat.c uses an untrusted relative path, allowing for a format string attack with a malicious .po file.
Impact :

A local attacker could entice a user to run ELinks in a specially crafted directory environment containing a malicious '.po' file, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running ELinks.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All ELinks users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=www-client/elinks-0.11.2-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 25453

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200706-03.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Published: 6/7/2007

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.5


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.4

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 6/6/2007

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/5/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-2027

GLSA: 200706-03

CWE: 134