Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kdelibs (MDKSA-2002:079)

High Nessus Plugin ID 13977


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


Vulnerabilities were discovered in the KIO subsystem support for various network protocols. The implementation of the rlogin protocol affects all KDE versions from 2.1 up to 3.0.4, while the flawed implementation of the telnet protocol only affects KDE 2.x. They allow a carefully crafted URL in an HTML page, HTML email, or other KIO-enabled application to execute arbitrary commands as the victim with their privilege.

The KDE team provided a patch for KDE3 which has been applied in these packages. No patch was provided for KDE2, however the KDE team recommends disabling both the rlogin and telnet KIO protocols. This can be accomplished by removing, as root, the following files:
/usr/share/services/telnet.protocol and /usr/share/services/rlogin.protocol. If either file also exists in a user's ~/.kde/share/services directory, they should likewise be removed.


Update the affected kdelibs and / or kdelibs-devel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 13977

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2002-079.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

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:mandriva:linux:kdelibs, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kdelibs-devel, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 2002/11/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1281, CVE-2002-1282

MDKSA: 2002:079