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.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 41624

File Name: ubuntu_USN-837-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/09/25

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/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 Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/09/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2905

OSVDB: 58330

USN: 837-1

CWE: 119