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gnome-terminal allows arbitrary command execution when viewing files containing crafted escape sequences

Vulnerability Note VU#230561

Original Release Date: 2003-02-27 | Last Revised: 2003-02-27


gnome-terminal may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands via crafted escape sequences.


gnome-terminal affords users the ability to utilize an escape sequence to "export" the title of the current window title directly to the shell command line. By viewing a maliciously crafted file in gnome-terminal, a victim may unknowingly execute shell commands (provided by the attacker).

This vulnerability was discovered by H D Moore of Digital Defense. H D has provided a paper on this topic (TERMINAL EMULATOR SECURITY ISSUES), and Red Hat has published RHSA-2003:053-10. Both of these documents provide more information about this vulnerability.


A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable host.


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Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Red Hat Inc.

Updated:  February 27, 2003



Vendor Statement


Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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This vulnerability was discovered by H D Moore of Digital Defense . The CERT/CC thanks both H D Moore and Red Hat for providing information upon which this document is based.

This document was written by Ian A Finlay.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2003-0070
Severity Metric: 4.86
Date Public: 2003-02-24
Date First Published: 2003-02-27
Date Last Updated: 2003-02-27 17:57 UTC
Document Revision: 5

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