Oracle Linux 3 / 4 / 5 : wget (ELSA-2009-1549)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 67954


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2009:1549 :

An updated wget package that fixes a security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

GNU Wget is a file retrieval utility that can use HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP.

Daniel Stenberg reported that Wget is affected by the previously published 'null prefix attack', caused by incorrect handling of NULL characters in X.509 certificates. If an attacker is able to get a carefully-crafted certificate signed by a trusted Certificate Authority, the attacker could use the certificate during a man-in-the-middle attack and potentially confuse Wget into accepting it by mistake. (CVE-2009-3490)

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


Update the affected wget package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 67954

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2009-1549.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/12/2013

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:wget, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:3, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:4, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/4/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/30/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3490

BID: 36205

RHSA: 2009:1549

CWE: 310