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xmonad-contrib: Arbitrary code execution


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201405-28 / xmonad-contrib
Release Date May 28, 2014
Latest Revision May 28, 2014: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
x11-wm/xmonad-contrib < 0.11.2 >= 0.11.2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #478288


A remote command injection vulnerability has been discovered in xmonad-contrib.

2.  Impact Information


xmonad-contrib is a set of third party tiling algorithms, configurations, and scripts for xmonad.


A vulnerability in the Xmonad.Hooks.DynamicLog module could allow a malicious website with a specially crafted title to inject commands into the title bar which would be executed when the bar is clicked.


A remote attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or cause a Denial of Service condition.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All xmonad-contrib users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-wm/xmonad-contrib-0.11.2"

4.  References


Page updated May 28, 2014

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