SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : mgetty (SUSE-SU-2018:2979-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 117903


The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


This update for mgetty fixes the following security issues :

CVE-2018-16741: The function do_activate() did not properly sanitize shell metacharacters to prevent command injection (bsc#1108752)

CVE-2018-16745: The mail_to parameter was not sanitized, leading to a buffer overflow if long untrusted input reached it (bsc#1108756)

CVE-2018-16744: The mail_to parameter was not sanitized, leading to command injection if untrusted input reached reach it (bsc#1108757)

CVE-2018-16742: Prevent stack-based buffer overflow that could have been triggered via a command-line parameter (bsc#1108762)

CVE-2018-16743: The command-line parameter username wsa passed unsanitized to strcpy(), which could have caused a stack-based buffer overflow (bsc#1108761)

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use the SUSE recommended installation methods like YaST online_update or 'zypper patch'.

Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP3:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP3-2018-2122=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12-SP3:zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-SP3-2018-2122=1

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 117903

File Name: suse_SU-2018-2979-1.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2018/10/03

Updated: 2019/09/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:g3utils, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:g3utils-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:mgetty, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:mgetty-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:mgetty-debugsource, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2018/10/02

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2018/09/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-16741, CVE-2018-16742, CVE-2018-16743, CVE-2018-16744, CVE-2018-16745