Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 6.10 / 7.04 : elinks vulnerability (USN-457-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 28055


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


Arnaud Giersch discovered that elinks incorrectly attempted to load gettext catalogs from a relative path. If a user were tricked into running elinks from a specific directory, a local attacker could execute 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 elinks and / or elinks-lite packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 28055

File Name: ubuntu_USN-457-1.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/10/2007

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.5


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:elinks, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:elinks-lite, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 5/7/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-2027

USN: 457-1

CWE: 134