DescriptionIn NetHack before 3.6.6, some out-of-bound values for the hilite_status option can be exploited. NetHack 3.6.6 resolves this issue.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE bugzilla/CVE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
Debian Bugs953978

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
nethack (PTS)buster3.6.1-1vulnerable
bookworm, bullseye, sid3.6.6-2fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
nethacksourcejessie(not affected)
nethacksourcestretch(not affected)


[buster] - nethack <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[stretch] - nethack <not-affected> (Vulnerable code introduced in 3.6.1)
[jessie] - nethack <not-affected> (Vulnerable code introduced in 3.6.1)
Fixed with: (NetHack-3.6.6_Released)
Introduced with: (NetHack-3.6.1_RC01)

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