Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : emacs24 vulnerability (USN-3427-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 103417


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Charles A. Roelli discovered that Emacs incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted file (e.g., email messages in gnus), an attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.

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Update the affected emacs24 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 103417

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3427-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/09/22

Modified: 2018/03/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 8.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:emacs24, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

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: 2017/09/21

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-14482

OSVDB: 165174

USN: 3427-1