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Debian DSA 294-1: gkrellm-newsticker

by Nikola Strahija on April 24th, 2003 Several vulnerabilities have been found in gkrellm-newsticker which, if exploited, could lead to arbitrary code execution and denial-of-service attacks.

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 294-1 [email protected] Martin Schulze
April 23rd, 2003
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Package : gkrellm-newsticker
Vulnerability : missing quoting, incomplete parser
Problem-Type : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE Ids : CAN-2003-0205 CAN-2003-0206

Brian Campbell discovered two security-related problems in
gkrellm-newsticker, a plugin for the gkrellm system monitor program,
which provides a news ticker from RDF feeds. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following


It can launch a web browser of the user's choice when the ticker
title is clicked by using the URI given by the feed. However,
special shell characters are not properly escaped enabling a
malicious feed to execute arbitrary shell commands on the clients


It crashes the entire gkrellm system on feeds where link or title
elements are not entirely on a single line. A malicious server
could therefore craft a denial of service.

For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in
version 0.3-3.1

The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected since it doesn't
contain gkrellm-newsticker packages.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems is not yet fixed.

We recommend that you upgrade your gkrellm-newsticker package.

Upgrade Instructions
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wget url
will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
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Source archives:
Size/MD5 checksum: 736 48df0aef0622167773057cd7bf0fd17f
Size/MD5 checksum: 2468 bc17c9c128b8a2550f7812dae9f4b163
Size/MD5 checksum: 25849 41a647c4671f6801ed9b3a3de7d414ca

Alpha architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 43506 47726e8c350b581bbf453f5d5c231dbd

ARM architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 37756 addfe4f87f35f0243a83b0e5e9286646

Intel IA-32 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 36030 48cc15c0da005d6b53757dfcee318dd0

Intel IA-64 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 47160 f195d6caee4c186ed2ee6921eb454daa

HP Precision architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 43974 5140d9e63e1647ff314c0c4044ddd4d3

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 42164 3a2f0b85e3c7d6ee741c121f719c33ad

Big endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 36786 84ba4b61bd0c3c32459829a27ed1b010

Little endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 35532 ead6c8290f38890b11188406c990180d

PowerPC architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 41210 cb1ee388ea55ce2d4e5e7d7f2af1cf52

IBM S/390 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 42644 1c1bc26dcf280c12df5785c6ba6afe24

Sun Sparc architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 39512 4a731f1d3ff438ab0d8b2fd3852a45a0

These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
its next revision.

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For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: [email protected]
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and

Version: GnuPG v1.2.1 (GNU/Linux)


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