USN-457-1: elinks vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-457-1

7th May, 2007

elinks vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS


Arnaud Giersch discovered that elinks incorrectly attempted to load
gettext catalogs from a relative path. If a user were tricked into
running elinks from a specific directory, a local attacker could execute
code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04:
elinks 0.11.1-1.2ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 6.10:
elinks 0.11.1-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
elinks 0.10.6-1ubuntu3.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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