KDE Frameworks Command Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14744) Threat Alert

KDE Frameworks Command Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14744) Threat Alert

agosto 19, 2019 | Mina Hao

Overview

Recently, a security researcher took to Twitter to disclose a KDE Frameworks command injection vulnerability, which stems from the KDesktopfile class handling .desktop, .directory, and configuration files. An attacker could create malicious files of these types, which, once being viewed with the KDE file viewer, could trigger the vulnerability, leading to code execution without requiring any user interactions like executing such files.

References:

https://twitter.com/zer0pwn/status/1158433002239746048

https://kde.org/info/security/advisory-20190807-1.txt

Affected Versions

  • KDE kconfig < 5.61.0

Unaffected Versions

  • KDE kconfig >= 5.61.0

Solution

KDE has eliminated the related function causing the vulnerability in question in its latest version. Users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible to protect against this vulnerability.

Besides, KDE Frameworks 5 users can apply the following patch to kconfig:

https://cgit.kde.org/kconfig.git/commit/?id=5d3e71b1d2ecd2cb2f910036e614ffdfc895aa22

kdelibs users can apply the following patch to kdelibs 4.14:

https://cgit.kde.org/kdelibs.git/commit/?id=2c3762feddf7e66cf6b64d9058f625a715694a00

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb18-09.html

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