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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.
wu-ftpd, an FTP server, implements a feature whereby multiple files
can be fetched in the form of a dynamically constructed archive file,
such as a tar archive. The names of the files to be included are
passed as command line arguments to tar, without protection against
them being interpreted as command-line options. GNU tar supports
several command line options which can be abused, by means of this
vulnerability, to execute arbitrary programs with the privileges of
the wu-ftpd process.
Georgi Guninski pointed out that this vulnerability exists in Debian
See also :
For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in
We recommend that you update your wu-ftpd package.
Risk factor :
High / CVSS Base Score : 7.5
Family: Debian Local Security Checks
Nessus Plugin ID: 15214 (debian_DSA-377.nasl)
CVE ID: CVE-1999-0997