Lynx Malformed HTML Tags DoS

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 2581


The remote host is vulnerable to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.


The remote host is using Lynx as a web browser. The version used is vulnerable to a remote attack wherein malformed HTML can cause Lynx to go into an infinite loop. An attacker exploiting this flaw would need to be able to convince a user to browse to a malicious website. Upon a successful attack, Lynx would take up many resources on the client machine, possibly causing a crash in either Lynx or the operating system.


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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 2581

File Name: 2581.prm

Family: Web Clients

Published: 2005/01/31

Modified: 2016/01/21

Dependencies: 1735, 8314

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:U/RC:ND


Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 5.2


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:F/RL:U/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:lynx:lynx

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1617

BID: 11443

OSVDB: 11135