Libcue library flaw opens GNOME Linux systems vulnerable to RCE attacks

A new security flaw has been disclosed in the libcue library affecting GNOME Linux systems that can be exploited to achieve remote ....

by Vikash Kumawat
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A new security flaw has been disclosed in the libcue library affecting GNOME Linux systems that can be exploited to achieve remote code execution (RCE) on affected hosts.

Tracked as CVE-2023-43641 (CVSS score: 8.8), the issue is described as a case of memory corruption in libcue, a library designed for parsing cue sheet files. This affects versions 2.2.1 and earlier.

libcue is included in Tracker Miners, a search engine tool that is included by default in GNOME and indexes files in the system for easy access.

The problem lies in out-of-bounds array access in the track_set_index function that allows the victim to obtain code execution on the machine by tricking them into clicking a malicious link and downloading a .cue file.

According to the description of the vulnerability in the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), “A user of the GNOME desktop environment could be exploited by downloading a cue sheet from a malicious webpage.”

“Since the file is saved in ‘~/Downloads’, it is automatically scanned by tracker-miners. And because it has a .cue file name extension, tracker-miners use libcue to parse the file. “The file exploits a vulnerability in libcue to gain code execution.”

Additional technical information about the vulnerability has been withheld to allow users ample time to install the latest updates.

“Sometimes a vulnerability in a seemingly innocuous library can have a major impact,” said Kevin Backhouse, the GitHub security researcher who discovered the bug. “This vulnerability in libcue became one-click RCE because of the way it is exploited by tracker-miners.”

The disclosure arrives two weeks after GitHub released comprehensive details about CVE-2023-3420, a high-severity type confusion vulnerability in the Google Chrome V8 JavaScript engine that enables remote code execution (RCE) in the renderer sandbox of the web browser by visiting a malicious site.

“Such vulnerabilities are often the starting point for ‘one-click’ exploits that compromise a victim’s device when they visit a malicious website,” said security researcher Man Yue Mo. “A renderer RCE in Chrome allows an attacker to compromise and execute arbitrary code in the Chrome renderer process.”

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