Oracle Linux 8 : ncurses (ELSA-2023-5249)

high Nessus Plugin ID 181684


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


The remote Oracle Linux 8 host has packages installed that are affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the ELSA-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: 181684

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2023-5249.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/20/2023

Updated: 11/8/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, 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:oracle:linux:8, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:8:8:baseos_patch, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:8::baseos_latest, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses-base, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses-c%2b%2b-libs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses-compat-libs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses-devel, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses-libs, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ncurses-term

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/20/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/14/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-29491