RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : vnc (RHSA-2009:0261)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 35654


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


Updated vnc packages to correct a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

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

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a remote display system which allows you to view a computer's 'desktop' environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures.

An insufficient input validation flaw was discovered in the VNC client application, vncviewer. If an attacker could convince a victim to connect to a malicious VNC server, or when an attacker was able to connect to vncviewer running in the 'listen' mode, the attacker could cause the victim's vncviewer to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2008-4770)

Users of vncviewer should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. For the update to take effect, all running instances of vncviewer must be restarted after the update is installed.


Update the affected vnc and / or vnc-server packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 35654

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-0261.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/02/12

Modified: 2017/01/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/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:vnc, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:vnc-server, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.3

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: 2009/02/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4770

BID: 33263

RHSA: 2009:0261

CWE: 20