USN-497-1: xfce4-terminal vulnerability

14 August 2007

xfce4-terminal vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description


Lasse Kärkkäinen discovered that the Xfce Terminal did not correctly escape shell meta-characters during “Open Link” actions. If a remote attacker tricked a user into opening a specially crafted URI, they could execute arbitrary commands with the user’s privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
xfce4-terminal - 0.2.6-0ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 6.10
xfce4-terminal -
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
xfce4-terminal - 0.2.5+r21674-0ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart your session to effect the necessary changes.