RHEL 2.1 / 3 : cvs (RHSA-2004:153)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 12484


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated cvs packages that fix a client vulnerability that could be exploited by a malicious server are now available.

[Updated Apr 19 2004] The description text has been updated to include CVE-2004-0405 which was also fixed but not mentioned when this advisory was first released. There has been no change to the packages associated with this advisory.

CVS is a version control system frequently used to manage source code repositories.

Sebastian Krahmer discovered a flaw in CVS clients where rcs diff files can create files with absolute pathnames. An attacker could create a fake malicious CVS server that would cause arbitrary files to be created or overwritten when a victim connects to it. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0180 to this issue.

Derek Price discovered a vulnerability whereby a CVS pserver could be abused by a malicious client to view the contents of certain files outside of the CVS root directory using relative pathnames containing '../'. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0405 to this issue.

Users of CVS are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain a patch correcting this issue.


Update the affected cvs package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 12484

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-153.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:cvs, 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

Patch Publication Date: 2004/04/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0180, CVE-2004-0405

RHSA: 2004:153