Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.10 : rsync vulnerabilities (USN-3543-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 106295


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


It was discovered that rsync incorrectly handled certain data input.
An attacker could possibly use this to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2017-16548)

It was discovered that rsync incorrectly parsed certain arguments. An attacker could possibly use this to bypass arguments and execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2018-5764).

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.


Update the affected rsync package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 106295

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3543-1.nasl

Version: 3.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/01/24

Updated: 2019/09/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:rsync, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:17.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2018/01/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2017/11/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-16548, CVE-2018-5764

USN: 3543-1