USN-1642-1: Lynx vulnerabilities

29 November 2012

lynx-cur vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Two security issues were fixed in Lynx.

Software Description

  • lynx-cur - Text-mode WWW Browser with NLS support


Dan Rosenberg discovered a heap-based buffer overflow in Lynx. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted page, a remote attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code as the user invoking the program. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. (CVE-2010-2810)

It was discovered that Lynx did not properly verify that an HTTPS certificate was signed by a trusted certificate authority. This could allow an attacker to perform a “man in the middle” (MITM) attack which would make the user believe their connection is secure, but is actually being monitored. This update changes the behavior of Lynx such that self-signed certificates no longer validate. Users requiring the previous behavior can use the ‘FORCE_SSL_PROMPT’ option in lynx.cfg. (CVE-2012-5821)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 12.10
lynx-cur - 2.8.8dev.12-2ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
lynx-cur - 2.8.8dev.9-2ubuntu0.12.04.1
Ubuntu 11.10
lynx-cur - 2.8.8dev.9-2ubuntu0.11.10.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
lynx-cur - 2.8.8dev.2-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.