Debian DSA-040-1 : slrn - buffer overflow

high Nessus Plugin ID 14877


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Bill Nottingham reported a problem in the wrapping/unwrapping functions of the slrn newsreader. A long header in a message might overflow a buffer, which could result in executing arbitrary code encoded in the message.

The default configuration does not have wrapping enable, but it can easily be enabled either by changing the configuration or pressing W while viewing a message.


This has been fixed in version and we recommand that you upgrade your slrn package immediately.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 14877

File Name: debian_DSA-040.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/29/2004

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:slrn, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:2.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/9/2001

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2001-0441

BID: 2493

DSA: 040