RHEL 2.1 : xpdf (RHSA-2003:197)

High Nessus Plugin ID 12402


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated Xpdf packages are available that fix a vulnerability where a malicious PDF document could run arbitrary code.

[Updated 21 July 2003] Updated packages are now available, as the original errata packages did not fix all possible ways of exploiting this vulnerability.

Xpdf is an X Window System based viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Martyn Gilmore discovered a flaw in various PDF viewers and readers.
An attacker can embed malicious external-type hyperlinks that if activated or followed by a victim can execute arbitrary shell commands. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2003-0434 to this issue.

All users of Xpdf are advised to upgrade to these errata packages, which contain a patch correcting this issue.


Update the affected xpdf package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 12402

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2003-197.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:xpdf, 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: 2003/07/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2003/06/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0434

OSVDB: 9293

RHSA: 2003:197