Ubuntu 7.10 / 8.04 LTS : yelp vulnerability (USN-638-1)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 34059
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionAaron Grattafiori discovered that the Gnome Help Viewer did not handle format strings correctly when displaying certain error messages. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted URI, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected yelp package.