GLSA-200511-09 : Lynx: Arbitrary command execution

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Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200511-09
(Lynx: Arbitrary command execution)

iDefense labs discovered a problem within the feature to execute
local cgi-bin programs via the 'lynxcgi:' URI handler. Due to a
configuration error, the default settings allow websites to specify
commands to run as the user running Lynx.

Impact :

A remote attacker can entice a user to access a malicious HTTP
server, causing Lynx to execute arbitrary commands.

Workaround :

Disable 'lynxcgi' links by specifying the following directive in

See also :

Solution :

All Lynx users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=www-client/lynx-2.8.5-r2'

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 20196 (gentoo_GLSA-200511-09.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2005-2929