Scientific Linux Security Update : newt on SL3.x, SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

CVE-2009-2905 newt: heap-overflow in textbox when text reflowing

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.

After installing the updated packages, all applications using the newt
library must be restarted for the update to take effect.

See also :

Solution :

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

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 60670 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2009-2905