Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 / 17.04 : nagios3 regression (USN-3253-2)

high Nessus Plugin ID 100677
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The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


USN-3253-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Nagios. The update prevented log files from being displayed in the web interface. This update fixes the problem.

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It was discovered that Nagios incorrectly handled certain long strings. A remote authenticated attacker could use this issue to cause Nagios to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly obtain sensitive information. (CVE-2013-7108, CVE-2013-7205)

It was discovered that Nagios incorrectly handled certain long messages to cmd.cgi. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Nagios to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-1878)

Dawid Golunski discovered that Nagios incorrectly handled symlinks when accessing log files. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to elevate privileges. In the default installation of Ubuntu, this should be prevented by the Yama link restrictions. (CVE-2016-9566).

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 nagios3-cgi and / or nagios3-core packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 100677

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3253-2.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 6/8/2017

Updated: 9/18/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

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

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:nagios3-cgi, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:nagios3-core, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, 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: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/7/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/15/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-7108, CVE-2013-7205, CVE-2014-1878, CVE-2016-9566

USN: 3253-2