RHEL 2.1 : mc (RHSA-2005:512)

High Nessus Plugin ID 18512


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


Updated mc packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Midnight Commander is a visual shell much like a file manager.

Several denial of service bugs were found in Midnight Commander. These bugs could cause Midnight Commander to hang or crash if a victim opens a carefully crafted file. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the names CVE-2004-1009, CVE-2004-1090, CVE-2004-1091, CVE-2004-1093 and CVE-2004-1174 to these issues.

A filename quoting bug was found in Midnight Commander's FISH protocol handler. If a victim connects via embedded SSH support to a host containing a carefully crafted filename, arbitrary code may be executed as the user running Midnight Commander. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-1175 to this issue.

A buffer overflow bug was found in the way Midnight Commander handles directory completion. If a victim uses completion on a maliciously crafted directory path, it is possible for arbitrary code to be executed as the user running Midnight Commander. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-0763 to this issue.

Users of mc are advised to upgrade to these packages, which contain backported security patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected gmc, mc and / or mcserv packages.

See Also









Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18512

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-512.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/06/17

Modified: 2017/02/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:ND/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:gmc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:mc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:mcserv, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/06/16

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/01/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1009, CVE-2004-1090, CVE-2004-1091, CVE-2004-1093, CVE-2004-1174, CVE-2004-1175, CVE-2005-0763

OSVDB: 12904, 12905, 12906, 12908, 12909, 12910, 15170

RHSA: 2005:512