KDE rips out ability for KConfig to run shell code

    Date08 Aug 2019
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    The feature that a researcher discovered could be used to execute malicious code had no actual use case.

    KDE has fixed a vulnerability within its KDE Framework that allowed for malicious code execution simply by viewing a .desktop file, by removing the feature being exploited altogether. 

    Earlier this week, a security researcher Dominik Penner published a proof of concept that showed how users could be compromised simply by viewing a malicious .desktop file, which is typically used to show an icon for a file or directory, in the KDE file browser.

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