GLSA-200809-12 : Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 34258


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200809-12 (Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

J.H.M. Dassen reported that the open-in-browser command does not properly escape shell metacharacters in the URL before passing it to system().
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a feed with specially crafted URLs, possibly resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary shell commands with the privileges of the user running the application.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Newsbeuter users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-news/newsbeuter-1.2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 34258

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200809-12.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/09/23

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/09/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3907

OSVDB: 47935

GLSA: 200809-12

CWE: 20