Debian DSA-1894-1 : newt - buffer overflow

medium Nessus Plugin ID 44759



The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Miroslav Lichvar discovered that newt, a windowing toolkit, is prone to a buffer overflow in the content processing code, which can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.


Upgrade the newt packages.

For the oldstable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version 0.52.2-10+etch1.

For the stable distribution (lenny), this problem has been fixed in version 0.52.2-11.3+lenny1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 44759

File Name: debian_DSA-1894.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/24/2010

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, 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:debian:debian_linux:newt, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:5.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/24/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-2905

DSA: 1894

CWE: 119