USN-457-1: elinks vulnerability

7 May 2007

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description


Arnaud Giersch discovered that elinks incorrectly attempted to load gettext catalogs from a relative path. If a user were tricked into running elinks from a specific directory, a local attacker could execute code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
elinks - 0.11.1-1.2ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 6.10
elinks - 0.11.1-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
elinks - 0.10.6-1ubuntu3.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.