RHEL 2.1 / 3 : ethereal (RHSA-2004:234)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 12501


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


Updated Ethereal packages that fix various security vulnerabilities are now available.

Ethereal is a program for monitoring network traffic.

The MMSE dissector in Ethereal releases 0.10.1 through 0.10.3 contained a buffer overflow flaw. On a system where Ethereal is running, a remote attacker could send malicious packets that could cause Ethereal to crash or execute arbitrary code. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0507 to this issue.

In addition, other flaws in Ethereal prior to 0.10.4 were found that could cause it to crash in response to carefully crafted SIP (CVE-2004-0504), AIM (CVE-2004-0505), or SPNEGO (CVE-2004-0506) packets.

Users of Ethereal should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported security patches that correct these issues.


Update the affected ethereal and / or ethereal-gnome packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 12501

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-234.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ethereal, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ethereal-gnome, 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: 2004/06/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/05/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0504, CVE-2004-0505, CVE-2004-0506, CVE-2004-0507

OSVDB: 6936, 6937, 6938, 6939

RHSA: 2004:234