RHEL 2.1 / 3 : rsync (RHSA-2003:399)

High Nessus Plugin ID 12440


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated rsync packages are now available that fix a heap overflow in the Rsync server.

rsync is a program for sychronizing files over the network.

A heap overflow bug exists in rsync versions prior to 2.5.7. On machines where the rsync server has been enabled, a remote attacker could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code as an unprivileged user.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2003-0962 to this issue.

All users should upgrade to these erratum packages containing version 2.5.7 of rsync, which is not vulnerable to this issue.

NOTE: The rsync server is disabled (off) by default in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. To check if the rsync server has been enabled (on), run the following command :

/sbin/chkconfig --list rsync

If the rsync server has been enabled but is not required, it can be disabled by running the following command as root :

/sbin/chkconfig rsync off

Red Hat would like to thank the rsync team for their rapid response and quick fix for this issue.


Update the affected rsync package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 12440

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2003-399.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.23 $

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:rsync, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2003/12/04

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2003/12/04

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0962

OSVDB: 2898

RHSA: 2003:399