Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : xterm vulnerabilities (USN-703-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 37162
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionPaul Szabo discovered that the DECRQSS escape sequences were not handled correctly by xterm. Additionally, window title operations were also not safely handled. If a user were tricked into viewing a specially crafted series of characters while in xterm, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary commands with user privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected xterm package.