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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Xdg-Utils Vendors:   Freedesktop.org
Xdg-Utils Input Validation Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Commands
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019284
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019284
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0386   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 31 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 1.0.2 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Xdg-Utils in certain commands. A remote user can execute arbitrary commands on the target system.

The "xdg-open" and "xdg-email" commands do not properly validate user-supplied input. A remote user can create a specially crafted link that, when loaded by the target user, will cause Xdg-Utils to execute arbitrary commands. The commands will run with the privileges of the target user.

Miroslav Lichvar reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a link that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary commands on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a source code fix, available via CVS.
Vendor URL:  portland.freedesktop.org/wiki/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:   Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Feb 27 2014 (Oracle Issues Fix for Solaris) Xdg-Utils Input Validation Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Commands
Oracle has issued a fix for Solaris 11.1.



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