Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 LTS / 6.10 : w3m vulnerabilities (USN-399-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 27987


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


A format string vulnerability was discovered in w3m. If a user were tricked into visiting an HTTPS URL protected by a specially crafted SSL certificate, an attacker could execute arbitrary code 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 w3m and / or w3m-img packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27987

File Name: ubuntu_USN-399-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:w3m, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:w3m-img, 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: 2007/01/02

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/12/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-6772

BID: 21735

OSVDB: 31581

USN: 399-1

CWE: 134