Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : newt vulnerability (USN-837-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 41624


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Miroslav Lichvar discovered that Newt incorrectly handled rendering in a text box. An attacker could exploit this and cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

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 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 41624

File Name: ubuntu_USN-837-1.nasl

Version: 1.16

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/25/2009

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 3.4

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnewt-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnewt-pic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnewt0.51, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnewt0.52, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:newt-tcl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-newt, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-newt-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:whiptail, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/24/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2905

USN: 837-1

CWE: 119