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w3m: SSL spoofing vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201210-01 / w3m
Release Date October 18, 2012
Latest Revision October 18, 2012: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
www-client/w3m < 0.5.2-r4 >= 0.5.2-r4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #325431


An error in the hostname matching of w3m might enable remote attackers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks.

2.  Impact Information


w3m is a text based WWW browser.


A SSL spoofing vulnerability has been discovered in w3m. Please review the CVE identifier referenced below for details.


A remote attacker might employ a specially crafted certificate to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks on SSL connections made using w3m.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All w3m users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-client/w3m-0.5.2-r4"

4.  References


Page updated October 18, 2012

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