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USN-3428-1: Emacs vulnerability

21 September 2017

Emacs could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

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Packages

Details

Charles A. Roelli discovered that Emacs incorrectly handled certain
files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file (e.g., email
messages in gnus), an attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.

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Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 17.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

Related notices

  • USN-3427-1: emacs24-nox, emacs24-el, emacs24-common, emacs24, emacs24-lucid, emacs24-bin-common