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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:22:26 +0100
From: Tomas Hoger <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw

Hi Tavis!

On Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:45:57 +0000 Tavis Ormandy
<> wrote:

> Well obviously. The attack would be convincing someone to debug an
> application with a testcase provided in a tarball

Correct, I should have listed that before as separate case for gdb /
valgrind.  But is there any good way to protect against this without
crippling this feature completely?

> or to debug something in a specific directory.

That should be covered by previously mentioned 2).

> If you just dumped one in /tmp on a system I use and waited a few
> weeks, there's a strong possibility you would pwn me.

... looks like I should check whether sdf still offers free shell
accounts ;).

> Of course, guess who reported that ;-) (me).

Correct, again... CVE-2005-1705

Note to self: Do more research before trying to teach old dog ^W^W
Tavis some new ^W really really old tricks... ;)

I'll shut up now...

Tomas Hoger / Red Hat Security Response Team

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