Critical Nessus Plugin ID 13824
SynopsisThe remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch
DescriptionThe remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SuSE-SA:2004:006 (xf86/XFree86).
XFree86 is an open source X Window System implementation that acts as a client-server-based API between different hardware components like display, mouse, keyboard and so on.
Several buffer overflows were found in the fontfile code that handles a user-supplied 'fonts.alias' file. The file is processed with root privileges and therefore a successful exploitation of these bugs leads to local root access.
There is no known workaround.
Please download the update package for your distribution and verify its integrity by the methods listed in section 3) of this announcement.
Then, to apply the update use the command 'rpm -Fhv file.rpm'.