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yelp: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code



yelp: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200809-01
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: yelp: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
      Date: September 04, 2008
      Bugs: #234079
        ID: 200809-01

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in yelp can lead to the execution of arbitrary code
when opening a URI, for example through Firefox.

Background
=========
yelp is the default help browser for GNOME.

Affected packages
================
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package           /   Vulnerable   /                   Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  gnome-extra/yelp      < 2.22.1-r2                    >= 2.22.1-r2
                                                         *>= 2.20.0-r1

Description
==========
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.

Resolution
=========
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"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-3533
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3533 

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200809-01.xml 

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 

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