Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10 : exim4 vulnerability (USN-3493-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 104808

Synopsis

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

Description

It was discovered that Exim incorrectly handled memory in the ESMTP CHUNKING extension. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Exim to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. The default compiler options for affected releases should reduce the vulnerability to a denial of service.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.

Solution

Update the affected exim4-daemon-heavy and / or exim4-daemon-light packages.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/3493-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 104808

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3493-1.nasl

Version: 3.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 11/28/2017

Updated: 9/18/2019

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-heavy, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-light, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 11/27/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/25/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-16943

USN: 3493-1