GLSA-200809-01 : yelp: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 34090


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200809-01 (yelp: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

Aaron Grattafiori reported a format string vulnerability in the window_error() function in yelp-window.c.
Impact :

A remote attacker can entice a user to open specially crafted 'man:' or 'ghelp:' URIs in yelp, or an application using yelp such as Firefox or Evolution, and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of that user.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All yelp users running GNOME 2.22 should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=gnome-extra/yelp-2.22.1-r2' All yelp users running GNOME 2.20 should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=gnome-extra/yelp-2.20.0-r1'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 34090

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200809-01.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/09/05

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/09/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3533

OSVDB: 47513

GLSA: 200809-01

CWE: 134