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Vulnerability Assessment Details

fingerd buffer overflow

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Sends a long command to fingerd

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

Nessus was able to crash the remote finger daemon by sending a too long

This flaw is probably a buffer overflow and might be exploitable
to run arbitrary code on this machine.

Solution : Disable your finger daemon, apply the latest patches from your
vendor, or a safer software.
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 2

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2005 Michel Arboi

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