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TITLE: AreaEdit SpellChecker Plugin Code Execution Vulnerability
SECUNIA ADVISORY ID: SA16511
VERIFY ADVISORY: http://secunia.com/advisories/16511/
CRITICAL: Highly critical
IMPACT: System access
WHERE: >From remote
SOFTWARE: AreaEdit 0.x http://secunia.com/product/5599/
DESCRIPTION: A vulnerability has been reported in AreaEdit, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system.
Input passed to the "dictionary" variable in aspell_setup.php is not properly sanitised before being used as command line arguments. This can be exploited to inject arbitrary shell commands via a specially crafted string containing shell meta characters.
Successful exploitation does not require that the plugin has been enabled.
SOLUTION: Update to version 0.4.3.
PROVIDED AND/OR DISCOVERED BY: Reported by vendor.
ORIGINAL ADVISORY: http://www.formvista.com/index.html?COMP=clog_list&cmd=detail&cs_clog_entries_ref=50
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