Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2008-2013 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2009-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
Paul Szabo discovered a race condition in login. While setting up tty
permissions, login did not correctly handle symlinks. If a local
attacker were able to gain control of the system utmp file, they could
cause login to change the ownership and permissions on arbitrary
files, leading to a root privilege escalation.
Update the affected login and / or passwd packages.
Risk factor :
High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2
Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks
Nessus Plugin ID: 37654 ()
CVE ID: CVE-2008-5394