USN-851-1: Elinks vulnerabilities
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-851-1
21st October, 2009
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
Teemu Salmela discovered that Elinks did not properly validate input when
processing smb:// URLs. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious
website and had smbclient installed, a remote attacker could execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.
Jakub Wilk discovered a logic error in Elinks, leading to a buffer
overflow. If a user were tricked into viewing a malicious website, a remote
attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash, or possibly
execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
After a standard system upgrade you need to restart Elinks to effect
the necessary changes.