Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : xine-lib vulnerability (USN-196-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20610


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Ulf Harnhammar discovered a format string vulnerability in the CDDB module's cache file handling in the Xine library, which is used by packages such as xine-ui, totem-xine, and gxine.

By tricking an user into playing a particular audio CD which has a specially crafted CDDB entry, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. Since CDDB servers usually allow anybody to add and modify information, this exploit does not even require a particular CDDB server to be selected.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libxine-dev and / or libxine1 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20610

File Name: ubuntu_USN-196-1.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxine-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxine1, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/10/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/10/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2337, CVE-2005-2967

BID: 15044

USN: 196-1