Ubuntu 18.04 LTS : apt vulnerability (USN-3746-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 112032


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


It was discovered that APT incorrectly handled the mirror method (mirror://). If a remote attacker were able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to install altered packages in environments configured to use mirror:// entries.

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 apt package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 112032

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3746-1.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/08/21

Modified: 2018/08/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:apt, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:18.04:-:lts

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

Patch Publication Date: 2018/08/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-0501

USN: 3746-1