RHEL 4 : netpbm (RHSA-2005:793)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20058


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


Updated netpbm packages that fix a security issue are now available.

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

The netpbm package contains a library of functions that support programs for handling various graphics file formats, including .pbm (portable bitmaps), .pgm (portable graymaps), .pnm (portable anymaps), .ppm (portable pixmaps) and others.

A bug was found in the way netpbm converts Portable Anymap (PNM) files into Portable Network Graphics (PNG). The usage of uninitialised variables in the pnmtopng code allows an attacker to change stack contents when converting to PNG files with pnmtopng using the '-trans' option. This may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the name CVE-2005-2978 to this issue.

All users of netpbm should upgrade to the updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.


Update the affected netpbm, netpbm-devel and / or netpbm-progs packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20058

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-793.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/10/19

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:netpbm, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:netpbm-devel, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:netpbm-progs, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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: 2005/10/18

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/09/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2978

BID: 15128

OSVDB: 20068

RHSA: 2005:793