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FTE fails to properly validate command line arguments

Vulnerability Note VU#354838

Original Release Date: 2004-04-16 | Last Revised: 2004-04-16


FTE contains a vulnerability in the processing of command line arguments that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.


FTE is a text editor available for a variety of operating systems. There is a buffer overflow vulnerability in the way FTE performs bounds checking on command line arguments. By supplying an overly long string of characters as a command line argument, a local user could execute arbitrary code on the system with privileges of the FTE process. Typically, FTE is installed with setuid root privileges.


A local user could execute arbitrary code with privileges of the FTE process.



Upgrade to the latest version of FTE as specified by your vendor.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected


Updated:  April 15, 2004



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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


Please refer to Debian Security Advisory DSA 472-1.

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This vulnerability was reported by Steve Kemp.

This document was written by Damon Morda.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2003-0648
Severity Metric: 10.69
Date Public: 2004-04-03
Date First Published: 2004-04-16
Date Last Updated: 2004-04-16 13:16 UTC
Document Revision: 8

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