wmtv -e option command execution

wmtv-execute-commands (7669) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Wmtv could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary commands with root privileges. If a local attacker double-clicks on the TV window, the -e option can be used to specify a command to be executed on the system with root privileges.


Gain Privileges


For Debian GNU Linux 2.2 (potato):
Upgrade to the latest version of wmtv (0.6.5-2potato1 or later), as listed in DSA-092-1. See References.

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


  • BID-3658: wmtv local root Vulnerability
  • CVE-2001-1272: wmtv 0.6.5 and earlier does not properly drop privileges, which allows local users to execute arbitrary commands via the -e (external command) option.
  • DSA-092: wmtv -- local root exploit
  • OSVDB ID: 12327: wmtv -e Parameter Arbitrary Privileged Command Execution

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 2.2
  • wliang wmtv 0.6.5


Dec 06, 2001

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