RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : newt (RHSA-2009:1463)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

Updated newt packages that fix one security issue are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

Newt is a programming library for color text mode, widget-based user
interfaces. Newt can be used to add stacked windows, entry widgets,
checkboxes, radio buttons, labels, plain text fields, scrollbars, and
so on, to text mode user interfaces.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way newt processes
content that is to be displayed in a text dialog box. A local attacker
could issue a specially-crafted text dialog box display request
(direct or via a custom application), leading to a denial of service
(application crash) or, potentially, arbitrary code execution with the
privileges of the user running the application using the newt library.
(CVE-2009-2905)

Users of newt should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain
a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the updated
packages, all applications using the newt library must be restarted
for the update to take effect.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2009-2905.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-1463.html

Solution :

Update the affected newt and / or newt-devel packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.4
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 41620 ()

Bugtraq ID: 36515

CVE ID: CVE-2009-2905