USN-3427-1: Emacs vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3427-1

21st September, 2017

emacs24 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

Emacs could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software description

  • emacs24 - GNU Emacs editor

Details

Charles A. Roelli discovered that Emacs incorrectly handled certain
files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file (e.g., email
messages in gnus), an attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
emacs24 24.5+1-6ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
emacs24 24.3+1-2ubuntu1.1

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

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2017-14482