Midnight Commander format string attack

midnightcommander-format-string (18902) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Midnight Commander (mc) is vulnerable to a format string attack. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to possibly cause the program to crash or execute arbitrary code on the system.


Gain Privileges


Reportedly, this has been fixed in the CVS repository.

For Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody):
Upgrade to the latest version of mc (4.5.55-1.2woody5 or later), as listed in DSA-639-1. See References.

For Red Hat Linux:
Refer to RHSA-2005:217-10 for patch, upgrade, or suggested workaround information. See References.

For Gentoo Linux:
Refer to Gentoo Linux Security Announcement GLSA 2005-02-24 for patch, upgrade, or suggested workaround information. See References.

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.


Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Gentoo Linux
  • GNOME Midnight Commander 4.x
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • Turbolinux Turbolinux 7 Server
  • Turbolinux Turbolinux 7 Workstation
  • Turbolinux Turbolinux 8 Server
  • Turbolinux Turbolinux 8 Workstation


Jan 14, 2005

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