USN-3428-1: Emacs vulnerability

21 September 2017

emacs25 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04

Summary

Emacs could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • emacs25 - GNU Emacs editor

Details

Charles A. Roelli discovered that Emacs incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file (e.g., email messages in gnus), an attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
emacs25 - 25.1+1-3ubuntu4.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

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