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USN-541-1: Emacs vulnerability

13 November 2007

Emacs vulnerability




Drake Wilson discovered that Emacs did not correctly handle the safe
mode of "enable-local-variables". If a user were tricked into opening
a specially crafted file while "enable-local-variables" was set to the
non-default ":safe", a remote attacker could execute arbitrary commands
with the user's privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.