Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 201006-14 / newt
||June 02, 2010
||June 02, 2010: 01
All supported architectures
A heap-based buffer overflow in the Newt library might allow remote,
user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code.
Newt is a library for displaying text mode user interfaces.
Miroslav Lichvar reported that Newt is prone to a heap-based buffer
overflow in textbox.c.
A remote attacker could entice a user to enter a specially crafted
string into a text dialog box rendered by Newt, possibly resulting in
the remote execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user
running the application, or a Denial of Service condition.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All Newt users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/newt-0.52.10-r1"
NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are
available since October 26, 2009. It is likely that your system is
already no longer affected by this issue.