Bug 1490409 (CVE-2017-14482)

Summary: CVE-2017-14482 emacs: command injection flaw within "enriched mode" handling
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Andrej Nemec <anemec>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: jonathan.underwood, jsynacek, msekleta, phracek, tim, yozone
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A command injection flaw within the Emacs "enriched mode" handling has been discovered. By tricking an unsuspecting user into opening a specially crafted file using Emacs, a remote attacker could exploit this flaw to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the Emacs user.
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Bug Depends On: 1490410, 1490451, 1490452    
Bug Blocks: 1490413    

Description Andrej Nemec 2017-09-11 13:40:27 UTC
Enriched mode implements an extension command to the text/enriched format called "x-display", which stores "display" text properties. It's possible to use this extension command to transparently execute arbitrary code in an Emacs process that opens a text/enriched file.

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Comment 1 Andrej Nemec 2017-09-11 13:40:58 UTC
Created emacs tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1490410]

Comment 5 errata-xmlrpc 2017-09-19 18:36:49 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2017:2771 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2017:2771

Comment 6 Stefan Cornelius 2017-09-25 13:16:35 UTC

This issue can be mitigated by adding the following lines to the Emacs init file (for example ~/.emacs, ~/emacs.d/init.el, site-start.el) and avoiding options that would bypass normal initialization, like 'emacs -Q':

  ;; Mitigate CVE-2017-14482 in Emacs 25.2 and earlier
(require 'enriched)
(defun enriched-decode-display-prop (start end &optional param)
  (list start end))