Bug 429513 - (CVE-2008-0386) CVE-2008-0386 xdg-open allows to execute arbitrary commands
CVE-2008-0386 xdg-open allows to execute arbitrary commands
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xdg-utils (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Rex Dieter
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-01-21 04:42 EST by Miroslav Lichvar
Modified: 2008-01-26 14:05 EST (History)
2 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: 1.0.2-4.fc7
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Last Closed: 2008-01-26 01:44:53 EST
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Description Miroslav Lichvar 2008-01-21 04:42:15 EST
Description of problem:
The generic handler of xdg-open (i.e. when not running in KDE, GNOME or XFCE)
has the following code:

  browser_with_arg=`echo "$browser" | sed s#%s#"$1"#`

  if [ x"$browser_with_arg" = x"$browser" ]; then "$browser" "$1";
    else $browser_with_arg;

sed interprets any commands in the argument and the result is executed by the

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. uninstall perl-File-MimeInfo package (not necessary with xdg-utils-1.0.2-3)
2. start plain X session
3. xdg-open 'http://foo.org/bar#;g;sx$xtouch:foox'
Actual results:
File foo created.

Expected results:
The page opened in a web browser.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Lubomir Kundrak 2008-01-21 04:56:20 EST
I proposed an un-embargo date of Monday 28th.

Rex: Would it be possible to make a fix until then. Please do not commit a fix
publicly until then. Also, I was not able to find a way to communicate a
security sensitive information to upstream. Could you please assist with it?
Comment 2 Miroslav Lichvar 2008-01-21 06:43:46 EST
xdg-email from the package has the same problem.
Comment 3 Lubomir Kundrak 2008-01-21 11:34:27 EST
From upstream:

A quick test showed that instead of the problematic sed command this should 
work as well


However I have only tested this with /bin/sh being a symlink to /bin/bash, so 
it will still need testing for other shells.
Comment 4 Lubomir Kundrak 2008-01-22 13:45:28 EST
Have anyone of you looked if this only affects Fedora 8?
Comment 5 Rex Dieter 2008-01-22 13:57:29 EST
I'm pretty sure this issue is valid pretty much everywhere xdg-utils is
deployed, currently all supported fedora and epel releases.
Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2008-01-26 01:44:51 EST
xdg-utils-1.0.2-4.fc7 has been pushed to the Fedora 7 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2008-01-26 01:44:57 EST
xdg-utils-1.0.2-4.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 10 Michal Jaegermann 2008-01-26 14:05:30 EST
By the same token another use of sed in xdg-open can be eliminated.
Like this:

    test "$2" = "KDE:" || return 1
    test "$major" -gt 3 && return $1
    test "$minor" -gt 5 && return $1
    test "$release" -gt 4 && return $1
    return 0

and call it with

    kfmclient_fix_exit_code $? `kde-config --version 2>/dev/null | grep KDE`

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