Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 16.10 / 17.04 : lintian vulnerability (USN-3310-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 100662


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Jakub Wilk discovered that lintian incorrectly handled deserializing certain YAML files. If a user or automated system were tricked into running lintian on a specially crafted package, a remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

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 lintian package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 100662

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3310-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/06/07

Modified: 2018/01/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:U/RC:UC


Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:lintian, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/06/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-8829

OSVDB: 157132

USN: 3310-1