RHEL 6 : cvs (RHSA-2010:0918)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 50840


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


An updated cvs package that fixes one security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

Concurrent Version System (CVS) is a version control system that can record the history of your files.

An array index error, leading to a heap-based buffer overflow, was found in the way CVS applied certain delta fragment changes from input files in the RCS (Revision Control System file) format. If an attacker in control of a CVS repository stored a specially crafted RCS file in that repository, and then tricked a remote victim into checking out (updating their CVS repository tree) a revision containing that file, it could lead to arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the CVS server process on the system hosting the CVS repository.

Red Hat would like to thank Ralph Loader for reporting this issue.

All users of cvs are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected cvs and / or cvs-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 50840

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2010-0918.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/11/30

Modified: 2017/01/04

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:cvs, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:cvs-debuginfo, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:6.0

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/11/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-3846

BID: 44528

RHSA: 2010:0918