Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : xterm vulnerabilities (USN-703-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 37162


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Paul Szabo discovered that the DECRQSS escape sequences were not handled correctly by xterm. Additionally, window title operations were also not safely handled. If a user were tricked into viewing a specially crafted series of characters while in xterm, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary commands with user privileges.
(CVE-2006-7236, CVE-2008-2382).

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 xterm package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 37162

File Name: ubuntu_USN-703-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/12/01

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:xterm, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/01/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-7236, CVE-2008-2382, CVE-2008-2383

BID: 33060

USN: 703-1

CWE: 16, 94, 399