Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : gnupg vulnerability (USN-3733-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 111581


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


Daniel J. Bernstein, Joachim Breitner, Daniel Genkin, Leon Groot Bruinderink, Nadia Heninger, Tanja Lange, Christine van Vredendaal, and Yuval Yarom discovered that GnuPG is vulnerable to a cache side-channel attack. A local attacker could use this attack to recover RSA private keys.

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Update the affected gnupg, gnupg-curl and / or gpgv packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 111581

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3733-1.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/08/07

Modified: 2018/10/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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


Base Score: 6.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnupg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnupg-curl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gpgv, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 2018/08/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-7526

USN: 3733-1