RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 : lynx (RHSA-2005:839)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20208


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated lynx package that corrects a security flaw is now available.

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

Lynx is a text-based Web browser.

An arbitrary command execute bug was found in the lynx 'lynxcgi:' URI handler. An attacker could create a web page redirecting to a malicious URL which could execute arbitrary code as the user running lynx. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the name CVE-2005-2929 to this issue.

Users should update to this erratum package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected lynx package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20208

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-839.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/11/15

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:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:lynx, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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: 2005/11/11

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/11/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2929

BID: 15395

OSVDB: 20814

RHSA: 2005:839