GLSA-201707-09 : GNOME applet for NetworkManager: Arbitrary file read/write

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 101340


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201707-09 (GNOME applet for NetworkManager: Arbitrary file read/write)

Frederic Bardy and Quentin Biguenet discovered that GNOME applet for NetworkManager incorrectly checked permissions when connecting to certain wireless networks.
Impact :

A local attacker could bypass security restrictions at the login screen to access local files.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All GNOME applet for NetworkManager users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=gnome-extra/nm-applet-1.4.6-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 101340

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201707-09.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.2 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/07/10

Modified: 2018/01/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

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


Base Score: 6.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:nm-applet, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2017/07/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-6590

GLSA: 201707-09