RHEL 8 : ncurses (RHSA-2023:5249)

high Nessus Plugin ID 181619


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


The remote Redhat Enterprise Linux 8 host has packages installed that are affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the RHSA-2023:5249 advisory.

- ncurses before 6.4 20230408, when used by a setuid application, allows local users to trigger security- relevant memory corruption via malformed data in a terminfo database file that is found in $HOME/.terminfo or reached via the TERMINFO or TERM environment variable. (CVE-2023-29491)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 181619

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2023-5249.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/19/2023

Updated: 11/8/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-29491


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:8, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses-base, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses-c%2b%2b-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses-compat-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses-libs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:ncurses-term

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/19/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/14/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-29491

CWE: 121, 787

RHSA: 2023:5249