USN-851-1: Elinks vulnerabilities

21 October 2009

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

  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • elinks

Details

Teemu Salmela discovered that Elinks did not properly validate input when processing smb:// URLs. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious website and had smbclient installed, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2006-5925)

Jakub Wilk discovered a logic error in Elinks, leading to a buffer overflow. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious website, a remote attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2008-7224)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
elinks - 0.10.6-1ubuntu3.4
elinks-lite - 0.10.6-1ubuntu3.4

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

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

References