Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : lynx (MDVSA-2008:218)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 38035


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability was found in the Lynxcgi: URI handler that could allow an attacker to create a web page redirecting to a malicious URL that would execute arbitrary code as the user running Lynx, if they were using the non-default Advanced user mode (CVE-2008-4690).

This update corrects these issues and, in addition, makes Lynx always prompt the user before loading a lynxcgi: URI. As well, the default lynx.cfg configuration file marks all lynxcgi: URIs as untrusted.


Update the affected lynx package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 38035

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2008-218.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2013/06/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lynx, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.0, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2009.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/10/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4690

MDVSA: 2008:218