Lynx Malformed HTML Tags DoS
Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 2581
SynopsisThe remote host is vulnerable to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
DescriptionThe 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.
SolutionUpgrade or patch according to vendor recommendations.