RHEL 2.1 : rxvt (RHSA-2003:055)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

Updated rxvt packages are available which fix a number of
vulnerabilities in the handling of escape sequences.

[Updated 12 March 2003] Added packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES
and Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS

Rxvt is a color VT102 terminal emulator for the X Window System. A
number of issues have been found in the escape sequence handling of
Rxvt. These could be potentially exploited if an attacker can cause
carefully crafted escape sequences to be displayed on an rxvt terminal
being used by their victim.

One of the features which most terminal emulators support is the
ability for the shell to set the title of the window using an escape
sequence. Certain xterm variants, including rxvt, also provide an
escape sequence for reporting the current window title. This
essentially takes the current title and places it directly on the
command line. Since it is not possible to embed a carriage return into
the window title itself, the attacker would have to convince the
victim to press the Enter key for the title to be processed as a
command, although the attacker can perform a number of actions to
increase the likelihood of this happening.

A certain escape sequence when displayed in rxvt will create an
arbitrary file.

It is possible to add malicious items to the dynamic menus through an
escape sequence.

Users of Rxvt are advised to upgrade to these errata packages which
contain a patch to disable the title reporting functionality and
patches to correct the other issues.

Red Hat would like to thank H D Moore for bringing these issues to our

See also :


Solution :

Update the affected rxvt package.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 12365 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2003-0022

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