XEmacs and GNU Emacs .flc files code execution
|xemacs-gnuemacs-flc-code-execution (42362)||High Risk|
XEmacs and GNU Emacs could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by an error when processing fast-lock files (.flc) for source files. If "font-lock-support-mode" is set to "fast-lock-mode", a remote attacker could persuade a victim to open a specially-crafted source file in the same directory as a malformed fast-lock file and execute arbitrary Emacs Lisp code on the vulnerable system.
For GNU Emacs:
Apply the fix, available from the GNU Emacs CVS Repository. See References.
For other distributions:
Apply the appropriate update for your system. See References.
- emacs-devel Mailing List, Sat, 10 May 2008 00:44:44 +0300: Emacs security bug.
- Gentoo Bugzilla Bug 221197: app-editors/emacs <=21.4-r16 fast-lock-mode arbitrary lisp code execution (CVE-2008-2142).
- GNU Emacs CVS Repository: View of /src/patchsets/emacs/21.4/18_all_fast-lock.patch.
- GNU Emacs Web site: GNU Emacs - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF).
- XEmacs Issue378 : .flc files can run arbitrary code automatically - XEmacs Issue Tracking System:.
- BID-29176: GNU Emacs '.flc' File Processing Vulnerability
- CVE-2008-2142: Emacs 21 and XEmacs automatically load and execute .flc (fast lock) files that are associated with other files that are edited within Emacs, which allows user-assisted attackers to execute arbitrary code.
- MDVSA-2008:153: Updated emacs packages fix vulnerability
- MDVSA-2008:154: Updated xemacs packages fix vulnerability
- OSVDB ID: 45088: GNU Emacs / XEmacs fast-lock-mode FLC File Processing Arbitrary Command Execution
- SA30199: GNU Emacs "fast-lock-mode" File Processing Vulnerability
- SA30216: XEmacs "fast-lock-mode" File Processing Vulnerability
- SECTRACK ID: 1020019: GNU Emacs Automatically Executes Code in Fast Lock (.flc) Files
- SUSE-SR:2008:012: SUSE Security Summary Report
- GNU emacs 21.3.1
- GNU XEmacs 21.4
- GNU XEmacs 21.5
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2007.1 X86_64
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2007.1
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2008.0 X86_64
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2008.0
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2008.1 X86_64
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 2008.1
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 3.0
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 3.0 X86_64
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 4.0 X86_64
- MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 4.0
May 10, 2008
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