Debian Security Advisory

DSA-204-1 kdelibs -- arbitrary program execution

Date Reported:
05 Dec 2002
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2002-1281, CVE-2002-1282.
More information:

The KDE team has discovered a vulnerability in the support for various network protocols via the KIO. The implementation of the rlogin and telnet protocols allows a carefully crafted URL in an HTML page, HTML email or other KIO-enabled application to execute arbitrary commands on the system using the victim's account on the vulnerable machine.

This problem has been fixed by disabling rlogin and telnet in version 2.2.2-13.woody.5 for the current stable distribution (woody). The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected since it doesn't contain KDE. A correction for the package in the unstable distribution (sid) is not yet available.

We recommend that you upgrade your kdelibs3 package immediately.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Architecture-independent component:
Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.