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Gnumeric: Untrusted search path


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200904-03 / gnumeric
Release Date April 03, 2009
Latest Revision April 03, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-office/gnumeric < 1.8.4-r1 >= 1.8.4-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #257012


An untrusted search path vulnerability in Gnumeric might result in the execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


The Gnumeric spreadsheet is a versatile application developed as part of the GNOME Office project.


James Vega reported an untrusted search path vulnerability in the GObject Python interpreter wrapper in Gnumeric.


A local attacker could entice a user to run Gnumeric from a directory containing a specially crafted python module, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Gnumeric.

3.  Resolution Information


Do not run "gnumeric" from untrusted working directories.


All Gnumeric users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-office/gnumeric-1.8.4-r1"

4.  References


Page updated April 03, 2009

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