DescriptionAn out-of-bounds write issue has been discovered in the backspace handling of the checkType() function in etc.c within the W3M application. This vulnerability is triggered by supplying a specially crafted HTML file to the w3m binary. Exploitation of this flaw could lead to application crashes, resulting in a denial of service condition.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE bugzilla/CVE, GitHub advisories/code/issues, web search, more)
Debian Bugs1059265

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
w3m (PTS)buster0.5.3-37vulnerable
buster (security)0.5.3-37+deb10u1vulnerable
bookworm, sid, trixie0.5.3+git20230121-2vulnerable

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

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs


[bookworm] - w3m <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[bullseye] - w3m <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[buster] - w3m <no-dsa> (Minor issue)

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