Debian Security Advisory

DSA-753-1 gedit -- format string

Date Reported:
12 Jul 2005
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2005-1686.
More information:

A format string vulnerability has been discovered in gedit, a light-weight text editor for GNOME, that may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) via a binary file with format string specifiers in the filename. Since gedit supports opening files via "http://" URLs (through GNOME vfs) and other schemes, this might be a remotely exploitable vulnerability.

The old stable distribution (woody) is not vulnerable to this problem.

For the stable distribution (sarge) this problem has been fixed in version 2.8.3-4sarge1.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in version 2.10.3-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your gedit package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (sarge)

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.