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[ GLSA 201006-14 ] Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
From: Alex Legler <a3li () gentoo org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 23:18:32 +0200

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 201006-14
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                                            http://security.gentoo.org/
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
      Date: June 02, 2010
      Bugs: #285854
        ID: 201006-14

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Synopsis
========

A heap-based buffer overflow in the Newt library might allow remote,
user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code.

Background
==========

Newt is a library for displaying text mode user interfaces.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package        /   Vulnerable   /                      Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  dev-libs/newt     < 0.52.10-r1                      >= 0.52.10-r1

Description
===========

Miroslav Lichvar reported that Newt is prone to a heap-based buffer
overflow in textbox.c.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could entice a user to enter a specially crafted
string into a text dialog box rendered by Newt, possibly resulting in
the remote execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user
running the application, or a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All Newt users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-libs/newt-0.52.10-r1"

NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are
available since October 26, 2009. It is likely that your system is
already no longer affected by this issue.

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2009-2905
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-2905

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-201006-14.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security () gentoo org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2010 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5

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