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 desktop.
A file name format string vulnerability has been discovered in gEdit. It is
possible for an attacker 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 (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name
CAN-2005-1686 to this issue.
Users of gEdit should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a
backported patch to correct this issue.