USN-541-1: Emacs vulnerability
13 November 2007
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 7.10
Drake Wilson discovered that Emacs did not correctly handle the safe mode of “enable-local-variables”. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file while “enable-local-variables” was set to the non-default “:safe”, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary commands with the user’s privileges.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.