RHEL 2.1 : elm (RHSA-2005:755)

High Nessus Plugin ID 19544


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated elm package is now available that fixes a buffer overflow issue for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS and AW.

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

Elm is a terminal mode email client.

A buffer overflow flaw in Elm was discovered that was triggered by viewing a mailbox containing a message with a carefully crafted 'Expires' header. An attacker could create a malicious message that would execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user who received it. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2005-2665 to this issue.

Users of Elm should update to this updated package, which contains a backported patch that corrects this issue.


Update the affected elm package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19544

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-755.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/08/30

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:elm, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/08/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2665

OSVDB: 18914

RHSA: 2005:755