Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 17.10 : sensible-utils vulnerability (USN-3584-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 107023


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


Gabriel Corona discovered that sensible-utils incorrectly validated strings when launcher a browser with the sensible-browser tool. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue with a specially crafted URL to conduct an argument injection attack and execute arbitrary code.

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 sensible-utils package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 107023

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3584-1.nasl

Version: 3.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/02/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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


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:sensible-utils, 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

Patch Publication Date: 2018/02/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-17512

USN: 3584-1