Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2736-1 lynx -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
09 Aug 2021
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2021-38165.
More information:

It was discovered that there was a remote authentication credential leak in the "lynx" text-based web browser.

The package now correctly handles authentication subcomponents in URIs (eg. to avoid remote attackers discovering cleartext credentials in SSL connection data.

  • CVE-2021-38165

    Lynx through 2.8.9 mishandles the userinfo subcomponent of a URI, which allows remote attackers to discover cleartext credentials because they may appear in SNI data.

For Debian 9 Stretch, this problem has been fixed in version 2.8.9dev11-1+deb9u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your lynx packages.

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