USN-138-1: gedit vulnerability

9 June 2005

gedit vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 5.04
  • Ubuntu 4.10

Software Description


A format string vulnerability has been discovered in gedit. Calling the program with specially crafted file names caused a buffer overflow, which could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the gedit user.

This becomes security relevant if e. g. your web browser is configued to open URLs in gedit. If you never open untrusted file names or URLs in gedit, this flaw does not affect you.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 5.04
Ubuntu 4.10

To update your system, please follow these instructions: