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gedit: Format string vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200506-09 / gedit
Release Date June 11, 2005
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-editors/gedit < 2.10.3 >= 2.10.3 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #93352


gedit suffers from a format string vulnerability that could allow arbitrary code execution.

2.  Impact Information


gedit is the official text editor of the GNOME desktop environement.


A format string vulnerability exists when opening files with names containing format specifiers.


A specially crafted file with format specifiers in the filename can cause arbitrary code execution.

3.  Resolution Information


There are no known workarounds at this time.


All gedit users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-editors/gedit-2.10.3"

4.  References


Page updated June 11, 2005

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