Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : man (MDKSA-2003:054)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14038


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


A difficult to exploit vulnerability was discovered in versions of man prior to 1.5l. A bug exists in man that could cause a program named 'unsafe' to be executed due to a malformed man file. In order to exploit this bug, a local attacker would have to be able to get another user to read the malformed man file, and the attacker would also have to create a file called 'unsafe' that would be located somewhere in the victim's path.


Update the affected man package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14038

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-054.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:man, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2003/05/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0124

MDKSA: 2003:054