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From: "Christopher Díaz Riveros" <chrisadr@g.o>
To: gentoo-announce@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-announce] [ GLSA 201803-04 ] Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:38:11
Message-Id: 1520786217.2497.1.camel@gentoo.org
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 201803-04
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                                           https://security.gentoo.org/
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 Severity: Normal
    Title: Newsbeuter: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
     Date: March 11, 2018
     Bugs: #631150
       ID: 201803-04

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Synopsis
========

A vulnerability in Newsbeuter may allow remote attackers to execute
arbitrary shell commands.

Background
==========

Newsbeuter is a RSS/Atom feed reader for the text console.

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

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package              /     Vulnerable     /            Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  net-news/newsbeuter         <= 2.9-r3                 Vulnerable!
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     NOTE: Certain packages are still vulnerable. Users should migrate
           to another package if one is available or wait for the
           existing packages to be marked stable by their
           architecture maintainers.

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

Newsbeuter does not properly escape shell meta-characters in an RSS
item with a media enclosure in the podcast playback function of
Podbeuter.

Impact
======

A remote attacker, by enticing a user to open a feed with a specially
crafted media enclosure, could possibly execute arbitrary shell
commands with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

Gentoo has discontinued support for Newsbeuter and recommends that
users unmerge the package:

  # emerge --unmerge "net-news/newsbeuter"

 

References
==========

[ 1 ] CVE-2017-14500
      https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2017-14500

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

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

 https://security.gentoo.org/glsa/201803-04

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 2018 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.

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

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