Note: This is an archival copy of Security Sun Alert 237987 as previously published on http://sunsolve.sun.com.|
Latest version of this security advisory is available from http://support.oracle.com as Sun Alert 1019269.1.
Solaris 8 Operating System
Solaris 9 Operating System
Solaris 10 Operating System
Date of Resolved Release
Manipulated Tag Files used with Solaris Text Editors May Lead to Execution of Arbitrary Code
A security vulnerability in the Solaris text editors (vi(1), ex(1), vedit(1), view(1), edit(1)), related to the handling of tags (see ctags(1)) may allow a local unprivileged user to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of another user.
Sun acknowledges with thanks, "Eli the Bearded" for bringing this issue to our attention.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue can occur in the following releases:
There are no reliable symptoms that would indicate the described issue has occurred.
To avoid this issue, do not use the '-t' option or the ':tag' command with the Solaris text editors (vi, ex, vedit, view or edit). Use the ctags(1) utility to recreate the tags file.
This issue is addressed in the following releases:
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on Security Sun Alerts, see 1009886.1.
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