Vulnerability Note VU#203203

Buffer-overflow vulnerability in Midnight Commander

Original Release date: 06 Aug 2002 | Last revised: 06 Feb 2004


The mcedit component of some versions of Midnight Commander contains a buffer-overflow vulnerability.


Midnight Commander is a file manager for open source operating systems, distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). In version 4.5.1 of Midnight Commander, the mcedit text editor component contains an unspecified buffer-overflow vulnerability that can be exploited to cause a segmentation fault.


The complete impact of this vulnerability is not yet known. Local attackers can cause a segmentation fault in mdedit. It may be possible to execute arbitrary code, though this has not been demonstrated or proven.


The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.


Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Midnight Commander DevelopersUnknown-29 Jan 2002
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Thanks to Izik for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Shawn Van Ittersum.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 12 Nov 2001
  • Date First Published: 06 Aug 2002
  • Date Last Updated: 06 Feb 2004
  • Severity Metric: 0.54
  • Document Revision: 9


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