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Category:   Application (Web Browser)  >   Lynx Vendors:   [Multiple Authors/Vendors]
Lynx 'lynxcgi:' URL Handler Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021105
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1021105
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-4690   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 27 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network

Version(s): 2.8.6dev.15 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Lynx. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted 'lynxcgi:' URL that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The software is affected when running in 'Advanced' user mode (not the default configuration).

Impact:   A remote user can create a URL that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL:  lynx.isc.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation 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 'lynxcgi:' URL Handler Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Red Hat has released a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and 5.



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