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CVE-2008-3533 Detail


Format string vulnerability in the window_error function in yelp-window.c in yelp in Gnome after 2.19.90 and before 2.24 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via format string specifiers in an invalid URI on the command line, as demonstrated by use of yelp within (1) man or (2) ghelp URI handlers in Firefox, Evolution, and unspecified other programs.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  08/18/2008

Quick Info

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CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score:
10.0 HIGH
(AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
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CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector:
Network exploitable
Access Complexity:
Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (08/19/2008)

This issue does not affect the versions of the yelp package, as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 and 5.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name Exploit External Source CONFIRM Exploit; Patch External Source CONFIRM External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2008:024 External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2008:175 External Source BID 30690 External Source UBUNTU USN-638-1 External Source VUPEN ADV-2008-2393 Exploit; Patch External Source CONFIRM External Source XF yelp-uri-format-string(44449) External Source FEDORA FEDORA-2008-7293

Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)

  • Format String Vulnerability (CWE-134)

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