Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2006-2016 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2006-2016 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
USN-235-1 fixed a vulnerability in sudo's handling of environment
variables. Tavis Ormandy noticed that sudo did not filter out the
PYTHONINSPECT environment variable, so that users with the limited
privilege of calling a python script with sudo could still escalate
For reference, this is the original advisory :
Charles Morris discovered a privilege escalation vulnerability in
sudo. On executing Perl scripts with sudo, various environment
variables that affect Perl's library search path were not cleaned
properly. If sudo is set up to grant limited sudo execution of Perl
scripts to normal users, this could be exploited to run arbitrary
commands as the target user.
This security update also filters out environment variables
that can be exploited similarly with Python, Ruby, and zsh
Please note that this does not affect the default Ubuntu
installation, or any setup that just grants full root
privileges to certain users.
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 sudo package.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6