Oracle Linux 3 / 4 / 5 : ed (ELSA-2008-0946)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2008:0946 :

An updated ed package that fixes one security issue is now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4 and 5.

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

ed is a line-oriented text editor, used to create, display, and modify
text files (both interactively and via shell scripts).

A heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in the way ed, the GNU
line editor, processed long file names. An attacker could create a
file with a specially-crafted name that could possibly execute an
arbitrary code when opened in the ed editor. (CVE-2008-3916)

Users of ed should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a
backported patch to resolve this issue.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2008-October/000768.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2008-October/000772.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2008-October/000770.html

Solution :

Update the affected ed package.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 9.3
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 67757 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-3916