CentOS 3 / 4 / 5 : newt (CESA-2009:1463)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 41627
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The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated newt packages that fix one 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.

Newt is a programming library for color text mode, widget-based user interfaces. Newt can be used to add stacked windows, entry widgets, checkboxes, radio buttons, labels, plain text fields, scrollbars, and so on, to text mode user interfaces.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way newt processes content that is to be displayed in a text dialog box. A local attacker could issue a specially crafted text dialog box display request (direct or via a custom application), leading to a denial of service (application crash) or, potentially, arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running the application using the newt library.

Users of newt should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing the updated packages, all applications using the newt library must be restarted for the update to take effect.


Update the affected newt packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 41627

File Name: centos_RHSA-2009-1463.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/28/2009

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

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:centos:centos:newt, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:newt-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:newt-devel, cpe:/o:centos:centos:3, cpe:/o:centos:centos:4, cpe:/o:centos:centos:5

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/30/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/29/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2905

BID: 36515

RHSA: 2009:1463

CWE: 119