Scientific Linux Security Update : lftp for SL 5

high Nessus Plugin ID 60827
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The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


LFTP is a sophisticated file transfer program for the FTP and HTTP protocols. Like Bash, it has job control and uses the Readline library for input. It has bookmarks, built-in mirroring, and can transfer several files in parallel. It is designed with reliability in mind.

It was discovered that lftp trusted the file name provided in the Content-Disposition HTTP header. A malicious HTTP server could use this flaw to write or overwrite files in the current working directory of a victim running lftp, by sending a different file from what the victim requested. (CVE-2010-2251)

To correct this flaw, the following changes were made to lftp: the 'xfer:clobber' option now defaults to 'no', causing lftp to not overwrite existing files, and a new option, 'xfer:auto-rename', which defaults to 'no', has been introduced to control whether lftp should use server-suggested file names. Refer to the 'Settings' section of the lftp(1) manual page for additional details on changing lftp settings.

All lftp users should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected lftp package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60827

File Name: sl_20100802_lftp_for_SL_5.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 8/2/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-2251