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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Lynx Vendors:   [Multiple Authors/Vendors]
Lynx '.mime.types' and '.mailcap' File Processing Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021107
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1021107
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-7234   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 27 2008
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 2.8.6rel.4
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Lynx. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

The browser opens '.mime.types' and '.mailcap' files in the current directory. A local user can create specially crafted files in a directory. When the target user executes lynx from the directory, arbitrary code will be executed with the privileges of the target user.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor issued a fix (2.8.6rel.4) in November 2006.
Vendor URL:  lynx.isc.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Oct 27 2008 (Red Hat Issues Fix) Lynx '.mime.types' and '.mailcap' File Processing Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and 5.



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