Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2006-2016 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2007-2016 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
Hendrik Weimer discovered a privilege escalation vulnerability in
awstats. By supplying the 'configdir' CGI parameter and setting it to
an attacker-controlled directory (such as an FTP account, /tmp, or
similar), an attacker could execute arbitrary shell commands with the
privileges of the web server (user 'www-data').
This update disables the 'configdir' parameter by default. If all
local user accounts can be trusted, it can be reenabled by running
awstats with the AWSTATS_ENABLE_CONFIG_DIR environment variable set to
a nonempty value.
Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding
description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable
has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible
without introducing additional issues.
Update the affected awstats package.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.0