Debian DSA-4208-1 : procps - security update

critical Nessus Plugin ID 109969


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


The Qualys Research Labs discovered multiple vulnerabilities in procps, a set of command line and full screen utilities for browsing procfs. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems :

- CVE-2018-1122 top read its configuration from the current working directory if no $HOME was configured. If top were started from a directory writable by the attacker (such as /tmp) this could result in local privilege escalation.

- CVE-2018-1123 Denial of service against the ps invocation of another user.

- CVE-2018-1124 An integer overflow in the file2strvec() function of libprocps could result in local privilege escalation.

- CVE-2018-1125 A stack-based buffer overflow in pgrep could result in denial of service for a user using pgrep for inspecting a specially crafted process.

- CVE-2018-1126 Incorrect integer size parameters used in wrappers for standard C allocators could cause integer truncation and lead to integer overflow issues.


Upgrade the procps packages.

For the oldstable distribution (jessie), these problems have been fixed in version 2:3.3.9-9+deb8u1.

For the stable distribution (stretch), these problems have been fixed in version 2:3.3.12-3+deb9u1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 109969

File Name: debian_DSA-4208.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/23/2018

Updated: 4/5/2019

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

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


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

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:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:o:debian:debian_linux:8.0:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:o:debian:debian_linux:9.0:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, p-cpe:2.3:a:debian:debian_linux:procps:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/22/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-1122, CVE-2018-1123, CVE-2018-1124, CVE-2018-1125, CVE-2018-1126

DSA: 4208