This script is Copyright (C) 2004-2014 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200410-26
(socat: Format string vulnerability)
socat contains a syslog() based format string vulnerablility in the
'_msg()' function of 'error.c'. Exploitation of this bug is only
possible when socat is run with the '-ly' option, causing it to log
messages to syslog.
Remote exploitation is possible when socat is used as a HTTP proxy
client and connects to a malicious server. Local privilege escalation
can be achieved when socat listens on a UNIX domain socket. Potential
execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the socat process is
possible with both local and remote exploitations.
Disable logging to syslog by not using the '-ly' option when starting
See also :
All socat users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-misc/socat-188.8.131.52'
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks
Nessus Plugin ID: 15568 (gentoo_GLSA-200410-26.nasl)
CVE ID: CVE-2004-1484