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Evolution: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200706-02 / evolution
Release Date June 06, 2007
Latest Revision June 06, 2007: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
mail-client/evolution < 2.8.3-r2 >= 2.8.3-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #170879


A vulnerability has been discovered in Evolution allowing for the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Evolution is the mail client of the GNOME desktop environment.


Ulf Harnhammar from Secunia Research has discovered a format string error in the write_html() function in the file calendar/gui/e-cal-component-memo-preview.c.


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted shared memo, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Evolution.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Evolution users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/evolution-2.8.3-r2"

4.  References


Page updated June 06, 2007

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