Debian Security Advisory

DSA-1077-1 lynx-ssl -- programming error

Date Reported:
26 May 2006
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 296340.
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 11443.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2004-1617.
More information:

Michal Zalewski discovered that lynx, the popular text-mode WWW Browser, is not able to grok invalid HTML including a TEXTAREA tag with a large COLS value and a large tag name in an element that is not terminated, and loops forever trying to render the broken HTML. The same code is present in lynx-ssl.

For the old stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version

The stable distribution (sarge) does not contain lynx-ssl packages anymore.

The unstable distribution (sid) does not contain lynx-ssl packages anymore.

We recommend that you upgrade your lynx-ssl package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.