Ubuntu 9.04 / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS : vte vulnerability (USN-962-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 47742



The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Janne Snabb discovered that applications using VTE, such as gnome-terminal, did not correctly filter window and icon title request escape codes. If a user were tricked into viewing specially crafted output in their terminal, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary commands with user privileges.

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.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 47742

File Name: ubuntu_USN-962-1.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/16/2010

Updated: 9/19/2019

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvte-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvte-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvte-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libvte9, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-vte, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-vte-dbg, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 7/15/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/3/2003

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0070, CVE-2010-2713

USN: 962-1