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Vulnerability Score 6.8 6.8
CVE Id CVE-2009-0068
Last Modified 10 Feb 2009 01:59:42
Published 07 Jan 2009 02:30:00
Confidentiality Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Integrity Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Availability Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Access Vector NETWORK
Access Complexity MEDIUM
Authentication NONE



Interaction error in xdg-open allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by sending a file with a dangerous MIME type but using a safe type that Firefox sends to xdg-open, which causes xdg-open to process the dangerous file type through automatic type detection, as demonstrated by overwriting the .desktop file.

Vulnerable Systems


  • Freedesktop Xdg-utils 1.0



BID - 33137

MLIST - [oss-security] 20090106 Fwd: Using xdg-open in /etc/mailcap causes hole in Firefox (Demonstration/Exploit included)

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 10:50:06