GLSA-201707-12 : MAN DB: Privilege escalation

high Nessus Plugin ID 101343
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VPR Score: 6.7


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201707-12 (MAN DB: Privilege escalation)

The /var/cache/man directory as part of the MAN DB package has group permissions set to root.
Impact :

A local user who does not belong to the root group, but has the ability to modify the /var/cache/man directory can escalate privileges to the group root.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All MAN DB users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-apps/man-db-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 101343

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201707-12.nasl

Version: 3.6

Type: local

Published: 7/10/2017

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 6.7

CVSS v2.0

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

CVSS v3.0

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:gentoo:linux:man-db, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/9/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1336

GLSA: 201707-12