Mandrake alert: Updated xpdf packages fix arbitrary code execution vulnerability
Martyn Gilmore discovered flaws in various PDF viewers, including xpdf. An attacker could place malicious external hyperlinks in a document that, if followed, could execute arbitary shell commands with the privileges of the person viewing the PDF document. Update: New packages are available as the previous patches that had been applied did not correct all possible ways of exploiting this issue.
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Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory
Package name: xpdf
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2003:071-1
Date: July 23rd, 2003
Original Advisory Date: June 27th, 2003
Affected versions: 9.0, 9.1, Corporate Server 2.1
Martyn Gilmore discovered flaws in various PDF viewers, including xpdf.
An attacker could place malicious external hyperlinks in a document
that, if followed, could execute arbitary shell commands with the
privileges of the person viewing the PDF document.
New packages are available as the previous patches that had been
applied did not correct all possible ways of exploiting this issue.
Corporate Server 2.1:
Corporate Server 2.1/x86_64:
Mandrake Linux 9.0:
Mandrake Linux 9.1:
Mandrake Linux 9.1/PPC:
Bug IDs fixed (see https://qa.mandrakesoft.com for more information):
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gpg --recv-keys --keyserver http://www.mandrakesecure.net 0x22458A98
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Type Bits/KeyID Date User ID
pub 1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team
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