Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 LTS / 6.10 : texinfo vulnerability (USN-379-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27961


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


Miloslav Trmac discovered a buffer overflow in texinfo's index processor. If a user is tricked into processing a .texi file with texindex, this could lead to arbitrary code execution with user privileges.

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 info and / or texinfo packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27961

File Name: ubuntu_USN-379-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:info, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:texinfo, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2006/11/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/11/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-4810

BID: 20959

OSVDB: 30245, 30246

USN: 379-1