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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Emacs Vendors:   GNU [multiple authors]
GNU Emacs Automatically Executes Code in Fast Lock (.flc) Files
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020019
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020019
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2142   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 14 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via local system, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 21.3.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in GNU Emacs. A user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A user can create a specially crafted fast lock (.flc) file. When a file of the same name (less the '.flc' extension) in the same directory is edited by the target user, the code in the fast lock file will be executed. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Morten Welinder reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A user can create a file that, when edited by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system in certain cases.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL:  www.gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   State error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any)

Message History:   None.


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