Multiple Ethernet Driver Frame Padding Information Disclosure (Etherleak)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 11197


The remote host appears to leak memory in network packets.


The remote host uses a network device driver that pads ethernet frames with data which vary from one packet to another, likely taken from kernel memory, system memory allocated to the device driver, or a hardware buffer on its network interface card.

Known as 'Etherleak', this information disclosure vulnerability may allow an attacker to collect sensitive information from the affected host provided he is on the same physical subnet as that host.


Contact the network device driver's vendor for a fix.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 11197

File Name: etherleak.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.28 $

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 2003/01/14

Modified: 2015/01/21

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 3.3

Temporal Score: 2.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/02/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0001

BID: 6535

OSVDB: 3873