RHEL 2.1 : man (RHSA-2003:134)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 12386


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated man packages fix a minor security vulnerability.

The man package includes tools for finding information and documentation about commands on a system.

Versions of man before 1.51 have a bug where a malformed man file can cause a program named 'unsafe' to be run. To exploit this vulnerability a local attacker would need to be able to get a victim to run man on a carefully crafted man file, and for the attacker to be able to create a file called 'unsafe' that will be on the victim's default path.

Users of man can upgrade to these erratum packages which contain a patch to correct this vulnerability. These erratum packages also contain fixes for a number of other bugs.


Update the affected man package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 12386

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2003-134.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.21 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:man, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2003/04/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0124

RHSA: 2003:134