GLSA 200405-19: Opera telnet URI handler file creation/truncation vulnerability

Title:Opera telnet URI handler file creation/truncation vulnerability
Bugs: #50857


A vulnerability exists in Opera's telnet URI handler that may allow a remote attacker to overwrite arbitrary files.


Opera is a multi-platform web browser.

Affected packages

Package Vulnerable Unaffected Architecture(s)
www-client/opera < 7.50_beta1 >= 7.50_beta1 All supported architectures


The telnet URI handler in Opera does not check for leading '-' characters in the host name. Consequently, a maliciously-crafted telnet:// link may be able to pass options to the telnet program itself. One example would be the following:


If MyFile exists in the user's home directory and the user clicking on the link has write permissions to it, the contents of the file will be overwritten with the output of the telnet trace information. If MyFile does not exist, the file will be created in the user's home directory.


This exploit has two possible impacts. First, it may create new files in the user's home directory. Second, and far more serious, it may overwrite existing files that the user has write permissions to. An attacker with some knowledge of a user's home directory might be able to destroy important files stored within.


Disable the telnet URI handler from within Opera.


All Opera users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of the program:

    # emerge sync
    # emerge -pv ">=www-client/opera-7.50_beta1"
    # emerge ">=www-client/opera-7.50_beta1"



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