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Hackers can elevate privileges by hacking into popular text editors

Following recent string of attacks that exploit flawed plugins, researchers at SafeBreach examined 6 popular extensible text editors for unix systems.

Most of the modern text editors allow users to extend their functionalities by using third-party plugins, in this way they are enlarging their attack surface.

Third-party plugins could be affected by vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers to target our systems.

The situation is particularly severe in case the flaw affects a plugin for popular software such asWordPressor Windows’ extensions forChrome, Firefox or Photoshop.

Dor Azouri, a researcher atSafeBreach, has analyzed several popular extensible text editors for both Unix and Linux systems discovered that except for pico/nanoall of them are affected by a critical privilege escalation flaw.

“We examined several popular editors for unix environments. Our research shows how these text editors with third-party plugins can be used as another way togain privilege...(continued)

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