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From: Alex Legler <a3li@g.o>
Subject: [ GLSA 201006-14 ] Newt: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
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
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  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@g.o 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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