RHEL 4 / 5 : speex (RHSA-2008:0235)

High Nessus Plugin ID 31988


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated speex packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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

Speex is a patent-free compression format designed especially for speech. The Speex package contains a library for handling Speex files and sample encoder and decoder implementations using this library.

The Speex library was found to not properly validate input values read from the Speex files headers. An attacker could create a malicious Speex file that would crash an application or, possibly, allow arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the application calling the Speex library. (CVE-2008-1686)

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


Update the affected speex and / or speex-devel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 31988

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0235.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2008/04/18

Modified: 2017/01/03

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:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:speex, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:speex-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.1

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: 2008/04/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1686

BID: 28665

RHSA: 2008:0235

CWE: 189