Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : lynx (MDKSA-2003:023)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14008


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability was discovered in lynx, a text-mode web browser. The HTTP queries that lynx constructs are from arguments on the command line or the $WWW_HOME environment variable, but lynx does not properly sanitize special characters such as carriage returns or linefeeds.
Extra headers can be inserted into the request because of this, which can cause scripts that use lynx to fetch data from the wrong site from servers that use virtual hosting.


Update the affected lynx package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14008

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-023.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lynx, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2, 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: 2003/02/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1405

MDKSA: 2003:023