Lynx < 2.8.6 dev14 NNTP Headers Buffer Overflow

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 3261


The remote host is vulnerable to a buffer overflow.


The remote host is using Lynx as a web browser. This version of Lynx is vulnerable to a buffer overflow when processing malformed NNTP headers. An attacker exploiting this flaw would need to be able to convince the local Lynx user to browse a malicious NNTP server. Successful exploitation will result in the attacker running arbitrary code on the local system.


Upgrade to version 2.8.6 dev14 or higher.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 3261

Family: Web Clients

Published: 2005/10/17

Modified: 2018/09/16

Dependencies: 1735, 8314

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.6


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:lynx:lynx

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1617, CVE-2005-2665, CVE-2005-3120

BID: 15117, 11443