Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : ispell (MDKSA-2001:058)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 13874


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


The ispell program uses mktemp() to open temporary files. This makes it vulnerable to symlink attacks. The program now has a patch from OpenBSD applied that uses mkstemp() instead, and switches gets() to fgets() for dealing with user input.


Update the affected ispell, ispell-de and / or ispell-en packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 13874

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2001-058.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 1.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:ispell, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:ispell-de, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:ispell-en, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 2001/06/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2001-1276

MDKSA: 2001:058