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.




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.

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.


Related notices

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