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RHSA-2004-153: cvs Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the cvs packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

Updated cvs packages that fix a client vulnerability that could be
exploited by a malicious server are now available.

[Updated Apr 19 2004]
The description text has been updated to include CVE-2004-0405 which was
also fixed but not mentioned when this advisory was first released. There
has been no change to the packages associated with this advisory.

CVS is a version control system frequently used to manage source code

Sebastian Krahmer discovered a flaw in CVS clients where rcs diff files can
create files with absolute pathnames. A possible hacker could create a fake
malicious CVS server that would cause arbitrary files to be created or
overwritten when a victim connects to it. The Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures project ( has assigned the name CVE-2004-0180 to
this issue.

Derek Price discovered a vulnerability whereby a CVS pserver could be
abused by a malicious client to view the contents of certain files outside
of the CVS root directory using relative pathnames containing "../". The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned
the name CVE-2004-0405 to this issue.

Users of CVS are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which
contain a patch correcting this issue.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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