Debian DSA-496-1 : eterm - missing input sanitising

high Nessus Plugin ID 15333


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


H.D. Moore discovered several terminal emulator security issues. One of them covers escape codes that are interpreted by the terminal emulator. This could be exploited by an attacker to insert malicious commands hidden for the user, who has to hit enter to continue, which would also execute the hidden commands.


Upgrade the eterm package.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 0.9.2-0pre2002042903.3.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 15333

File Name: debian_DSA-496.nasl

Version: 1.22

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/29/2004

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:eterm, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/29/2004

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/24/2003

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0068

BID: 10237

DSA: 496