GLSA-200903-41 : gedit: Untrusted search path

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 36055


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200903-41 (gedit: Untrusted search path)

James Vega reported that gedit uses the current working directory when searching for python modules, a vulnerability related to CVE-2008-5983.
Impact :

A local attacker could entice a user to open gedit from a specially crafted environment, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.
Workaround :

Do not run gedit from untrusted working directories.


All gedit 2.22.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-editors/gedit-2.22.3-r1' All gedit 2.24.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-editors/gedit-2.24.3'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36055

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200903-41.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/03/31

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/03/30

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5983, CVE-2009-0314

OSVDB: 53373

GLSA: 200903-41