GLSA-201006-14 : Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 46794
SynopsisThe remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionThe remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201006-14 (Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)
Miroslav Lichvar reported that Newt is prone to a heap-based buffer overflow in textbox.c.
A remote attacker could entice a user to enter a specially crafted string into a text dialog box rendered by Newt, possibly resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application, or a Denial of Service condition.
There is no known workaround at this time.
SolutionAll Newt users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-libs/newt-0.52.10-r1' NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are available since October 26, 2009. It is likely that your system is already no longer affected by this issue.