Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : newt (MDVSA-2009:249-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 41640


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A vulnerability was discovered and corrected in newt :

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 (CVE-2009-2905).

This update provides a solution to this vulnerability.

Update :

Packages for 2008.0 are provided for Corporate Desktop 2008.0 customers


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 41640

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2009-249.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Published: 9/28/2009

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64newt0.52, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:lib64newt0.52-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libnewt0.52, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:libnewt0.52-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:newt, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/5/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2905

BID: 36515

MDVSA: 2009:249-1

CWE: 119