Finger Service Remote Information Disclosure

medium Nessus Plugin ID 10068
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Synopsis

It is possible to obtain information about the remote host.

Description

The remote host is running the 'finger' service.

The purpose of this service is to show who is currently logged into the remote system, and to give information about the users of the remote system. It provides useful information to attackers, since it allows them to gain usernames, determine how used a machine is, and see when each user logged in for the last time.

Solution

Comment out the 'finger' line in /etc/inetd.conf and restart the inetd process

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 10068

File Name: finger.nasl

Version: 1.40

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 6/22/1999

Updated: 8/13/2018

Dependencies: find_service1.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/1/1992

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0612