Descriptionaf/util/xp/ut_go_file.cpp in AbiWord 3.0.2-2 does not validate strings before launching the program specified by the BROWSER environment variable, which might allow remote attackers to conduct argument-injection attacks via a crafted URL.
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NVD severitymedium (attack range: remote)
Debian Bugs884923

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
abiword (PTS)jessie3.0.0-8vulnerable
buster, sid3.0.2-8vulnerable

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs


[stretch] - abiword <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[jessie] - abiword <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[wheezy] - abiword <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
Issue can be mitigated by compiling abiword in future with --with-gnomevfs so that
abiword does not use the problematic fallback_open_uri. This though only works for
GTK+-2. Abiword in Debian is compiled against GTK+3+
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