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RHSA-2005-499: gedit Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the gedit packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

An updated gedit package that fixes a file name format string vulnerability
is now available.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team

gEdit is a small text editor designed specifically for the GNOME GUI

A file name format string vulnerability has been discovered in gEdit. It is
possible for a possible hacker to create a file with a carefully crafted name
which, when the file is opened, executes arbitrary instructions on a
victim's machine. Although it is unlikely that a user would manually open a
file with such a carefully crafted file name, a user could, for example, be
tricked into opening such a file from within an email client. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned the name
CVE-2005-1686 to this issue.

Users of gEdit should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a
backported patch to correct this issue.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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