RHEL 2.1 / 3 : emacs (RHSA-2005:112)

High Nessus Plugin ID 16368


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated Emacs packages that fix a string format issue are now available.

Emacs is a powerful, customizable, self-documenting, modeless text editor.

Max Vozeler discovered several format string vulnerabilities in the movemail utility of Emacs. If a user connects to a malicious POP server, an attacker can execute arbitrary code as the user running emacs. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-0100 to this issue.

Users of Emacs are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 16368

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-112.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/02/10

Modified: 2016/12/28

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:redhat:enterprise_linux:emacs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:emacs-X11, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:emacs-el, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:emacs-leim, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:emacs-nox, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/02/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0100

OSVDB: 13588

RHSA: 2005:112