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CVE-2008-4865 Detail

Current Description

Untrusted search path vulnerability in valgrind before 3.4.0 allows local users to execute arbitrary programs via a Trojan horse .valgrindrc file in the current working directory, as demonstrated using a malicious --db-command options. NOTE: the severity of this issue has been disputed, but CVE is including this issue because execution of a program from an untrusted directory is a common scenario.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  10/31/2008      View Analysis Description

Quick Info

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CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score:
7.2 HIGH
(AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
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CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector:
Locally exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
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 (02/05/2009)

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here:

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2009:002 External Source GENTOO GLSA-200902-03 External Source MLIST [valgrind-announce] 20090103 Valgrind-3.4.0 is available External Source MLIST [oss-security] 20081027 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw External Source MLIST [oss-security] 20081028 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw External Source MLIST [oss-security] 20081029 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw External Source MLIST [oss-security] 20081029 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw

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