Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200809-12 / newsbeuter
||September 22, 2008
||September 22, 2008: 01
All supported architectures
Insufficient input validation in newsbeuter may allow remote attackers to
execute arbitrary shell commands.
Newsbeuter is a RSS/Atom feed reader for the text console.
J.H.M. Dassen reported that the open-in-browser command does not
properly escape shell metacharacters in the URL before passing it to
A remote attacker could entice a user to open a feed with specially
crafted URLs, possibly resulting in the remote execution of arbitrary
shell commands with the privileges of the user running the application.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All Newsbeuter users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-news/newsbeuter-1.2"