USN-703-1: xterm vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-703-1

5th January, 2009

xterm vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • xterm


Paul Szabo discovered that the DECRQSS escape sequences were not handled
correctly by xterm. Additionally, window title operations were also not
safely handled. If a user were tricked into viewing a specially crafted
series of characters while in xterm, a remote attacker could execute
arbitrary commands with user privileges. (CVE-2006-7236, CVE-2008-2382)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10:
xterm 235-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
xterm 229-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 7.10:
xterm 229-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
xterm 208-3.1ubuntu3.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart any running xterms to
effect the necessary changes.


CVE-2006-7236, CVE-2008-2383