RHEL 2.1 / 3 : unzip (RHSA-2008:0196)

High Nessus Plugin ID 31619


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated unzip packages that fix a security issue are now available.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

The unzip utility is used to list, test, or extract files from a zip archive.

An invalid pointer flaw was found in unzip. If a user ran unzip on a specially crafted file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with that user's privileges. (CVE-2008-0888)

Red Hat would like to thank Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team for reporting this issue.

All unzip users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue.


Update the affected unzip package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 31619

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0196.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/03/19

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:unzip, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/03/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0888

BID: 28288

OSVDB: 43332

RHSA: 2008:0196

CWE: 119