GLSA-201707-12 : MAN DB: Privilege escalation

High Nessus Plugin ID 101343


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: $Revision: 3.4 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/07/10

Modified: 2018/01/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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


Base Score: 7.8

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2017/07/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1336

GLSA: 201707-12