RHEL 4 / 5 : elinks (RHSA-2009:1471)

high Nessus Plugin ID 41962


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated elinks package that fixes two security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

ELinks is a text-based Web browser. ELinks does not display any images, but it does support frames, tables, and most other HTML tags.

An off-by-one buffer overflow flaw was discovered in the way ELinks handled its internal cache of string representations for HTML special entities. A remote attacker could use this flaw to create a specially crafted HTML file that would cause ELinks to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code when rendered. (CVE-2008-7224)

It was discovered that ELinks tried to load translation files using relative paths. A local attacker able to trick a victim into running ELinks in a folder containing specially crafted translation files could use this flaw to confuse the victim via incorrect translations, or cause ELinks to crash and possibly execute arbitrary code via embedded formatting sequences in translated messages. (CVE-2007-2027)

All ELinks users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to resolve these issues.


Update the affected elinks package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 41962

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2009-1471.nasl

Version: 1.23

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/2/2009

Updated: 1/14/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:elinks, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.8, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.4

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

Patch Publication Date: 10/1/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/13/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-2027, CVE-2008-7224

RHSA: 2009:1471

CWE: 119, 134