Scientific Linux Security Update : newt on SL3.x, SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60670
SynopsisThe remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionCVE-2009-2905 newt: heap-overflow in textbox when text reflowing
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.
After installing the updated packages, all applications using the newt library must be restarted for the update to take effect.
SolutionUpdate the affected newt and / or newt-devel packages.