USN-638-1: Yelp vulnerability

27 August 2008

yelp vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10

Software Description

  • yelp


Aaron Grattafiori discovered that the Gnome Help Viewer did not handle format strings correctly when displaying certain error messages. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted URI, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
yelp - 2.22.1-0ubuntu2.8.04.3
Ubuntu 7.10
yelp - 2.20.0-0ubuntu3.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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