GNU Emacs up to 23.4 untrusted search path

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in GNU Emacs (Word Processing Software). This vulnerability affects some unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a untrusted search path vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-426. The application searches for critical resources using an externally-supplied search path that can point to resources that are not under the application's direct control. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in EDE in CEDET before 1.0.1, as used in GNU Emacs before 23.4 and other products, allows local users to gain privileges via a crafted Lisp expression in a Project.ede file in the directory, or a parent directory, of an opened file.

The weakness was published 01/19/2012 (oss-sec). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2012-0035 since 12/07/2011. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1574 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 73127 (GLSA-201403-05 : GNU Emacs: Multiple vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Gentoo Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 20.6 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (72277), Vulnerability Center (SBV-34381) and Tenable (73127).






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.4

VulDB Base Score: 9.8
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Class: Untrusted search path
CWE: CWE-426
ATT&CK: T1574

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 73127
Nessus Name: GLSA-201403-05 : GNU Emacs: Multiple vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 863703
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for emacs FEDORA-2012-0462
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Emacs 20.6


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Advisory: USN-1586-1
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2012-0035 (🔍)

X-Force: 72277
Vulnerability Center: 34381 - GNU Emacs CEDET EDE Untrusted Search Path Allows Remote Code Execution via a Crafted Lisp Expression, High
SecurityFocus: 51354 - GNU Emacs EDE Component Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 47311 - CEDET EDE Automatic Project Loading Vulnerability, Moderately Critical


Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 11/28/2021 11:50 PM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (61), 04/09/2017 02:25 PM (13), 11/28/2021 11:37 PM (3), 11/28/2021 11:50 PM (1)
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