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USN-159-1: unzip vulnerability

If a ZIP archive contains binaries with the setuid and/or setgid bit set, unzip preserved those bits when extracting the archive. This could be exploited by tricking the administrator into unzipping an archive with a setuid-root binary into a directory the attacker can access. This allowed the attacker to execute arbitrary commands with root…

1 August 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-158-1: gzip utility vulnerability

zgrep did not handle shell metacharacters like ‘|’ and ‘&’ properly when they occurred in input file names. This could be exploited to execute arbitrary commands with user privileges if zgrep is run in an untrusted directory with specially crafted file names.

1 August 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-157-1: Mozilla Thunderbird vulnerabilities

Vladimir V. Perepelitsa discovered a bug in Thunderbird’s handling of anonymous functions during regular expression string replacement. A malicious HTML email could exploit this to capture a random block of client memory. (CAN-2005-0989) Georgi Guninski discovered that the types of certain XPInstall related JavaScript objects were not…

1 August 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-156-1: TIFF vulnerability

Wouter Hanegraaff discovered that the TIFF library did not sufficiently validate the “YCbCr subsampling” value in TIFF image headers. Decoding a malicious image with a zero value resulted in an arithmetic exception, which caused the program that uses the TIFF library to crash. This leads to a Denial of Service in server applications that use…

29 July 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-155-2: Updated Epiphany packages to match Mozilla security update

USN-155-1 fixed some security vulnerabilities of the Mozilla suite. Unfortunately this update caused regressions in the Epiphany web browser, which uses parts of the Mozilla browser. The updated packages fix these problems.

29 July 2005 | ubuntu-4.10

USN-149-3: Ubuntu 4.10 update for Firefox vulnerabilities

USN-149-1 fixed some vulnerabilities in the Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) version of Firefox. The version shipped with Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog) is also vulnerable to these flaws, so it needs to be upgraded as well. Please see for the original advisory. This update also fixes…

28 July 2005 | ubuntu-4.10

USN-155-1: Mozilla vulnerabilities reported that one of the recent security patches in Firefox reintroduced the frame injection patch that was originally known as CAN-2004-0718. This allowed a malicious web site to spoof the contents of other web sites. (CAN-2005-1937) It was discovered that a malicious website could inject arbitrary scripts into a target site by…

27 July 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-154-1: vim vulnerability

Georgi Guninski discovered that it was possible to construct Vim modelines that execute arbitrary shell commands by wrapping them in glob() or expand() function calls. If an attacker tricked an user to open a file with a specially crafted modeline, he could exploit this to execute arbitrary commands with the user’s privileges.

26 July 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-153-1: fetchmail vulnerability

Ross Boylan discovered a remote buffer overflow in fetchmail. By sending invalid responses with very long UIDs, a faulty or malicious POP server could crash fetchmail or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking fetchmail. fetchmail is commonly run as root to fetch mail for multiple user accounts; in this case, this…

26 July 2005 | ubuntu-5.04, ubuntu-4.10

USN-149-2: Fixed Firefox packages for USN-149-1

USN-149-1 fixed several vulnerabilities in the Firefox web browser. Unfortunately that update introduced a lot of regressions, especially when using extensions, so another update is necessary. The new packages ship Firefox version 1.0.6 which should now work well with most extensions (one known exception is the…

26 July 2005 | ubuntu-5.04