GLSA-200611-16 : Texinfo: Buffer overflow

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 23710


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200611-16 (Texinfo: Buffer overflow)

Miloslav Trmac from Red Hat discovered a buffer overflow in the 'readline()' function of texindex.c. The 'readline()' function is called by the texi2dvi and texindex commands.
Impact :

By enticing a user to open a specially crafted Texinfo file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the rights of the user running Texinfo.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Texinfo users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-apps/texinfo-4.8-r5'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 23710

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200611-16.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/11/22

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/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:gentoo:linux:texinfo, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2006/11/21

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/11/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4810

BID: 20959

OSVDB: 30245, 30246

GLSA: 200611-16