GLSA-201711-11 : VDE: Privilege escalation

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 104519


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201711-11 (VDE: Privilege escalation)

It was discovered that Gentoo’s default VDE installation suffered from a privilege escalation vulnerability in the init script. This script calls an unsafe ‘chown’ command which gives members from “qemu”
group root privileges.
Impact :

A local attacker could escalate privileges to root.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All VDE users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-misc/vde-2.3.2-r4'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 104519

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201711-11.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.3 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/11/13

Modified: 2018/01/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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


Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:vde, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2017/11/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-16638

GLSA: 201711-11