RHEL 2.1 / 3 : kdelibs (RHSA-2004:222)

High Nessus Plugin ID 12499


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated kdelibs packages that fix telnet URI handler and mailto URI handler file vulnerabilities are now available.

The kdelibs packages include libraries for the K Desktop Environment.

KDE Libraries include: kdecore (KDE core library), kdeui (user interface), kfm (file manager), khtmlw (HTML widget), kio (Input/Output, networking), kspell (spelling checker), jscript (JavaScript), kab (addressbook), kimgio (image manipulation).
Konqueror is a file manager and Web browser for the K Desktop Environment (KDE).

iDEFENSE identified a vulnerability in the Opera web browser that could allow remote attackers to create or truncate arbitrary files.
The KDE team has found two similar vulnerabilities that also exist in KDE.

A flaw in the telnet URI handler may allow options to be passed to the telnet program, resulting in creation or replacement of files. An attacker could create a carefully crafted link such that when opened by a victim it creates or overwrites a file with the victim's permissions.

A flaw in the mailto URI handler may allow options to be passed to the kmail program. These options could cause kmail to write to the file system or to run on a remote X display. An attacker could create a carefully crafted link in such a way that access may be obtained to run arbitrary code as the victim.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0411 to these issues.

Note: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 is only vulnerable to the mailto URI flaw as a previous update shipped without a telnet.protocol file.

All users of KDE are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain a backported patch for these issues.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 12499

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-222.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

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:arts, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kdelibs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kdelibs-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kdelibs-sound, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kdelibs-sound-devel, 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: 2004/05/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0411

RHSA: 2004:222