Debian DLA-1711-1 : systemd security update

low Nessus Plugin ID 122826
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The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


A memory leak was discovered in the backport of fixes for CVE-2018-16864 in systemd-journald.

Function dispatch_message_real() in journald-server.c does not free allocated memory to store the `_CMDLINE=` entry. A local attacker may use this flaw to make systemd-journald crash.

Note that as the systemd-journald service is not restarted automatically a restart of the service or more safely a reboot is advised.

For Debian 8 'Jessie', this problem has been fixed in version 215-17+deb8u11.

We recommend that you upgrade your systemd packages.

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


Upgrade the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 122826

File Name: debian_DLA-1711.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/14/2019

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 1.4


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 3.3

Temporal Score: 2.9

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:gir1.2-gudev-1.0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libgudev-1.0-0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libgudev-1.0-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libpam-systemd, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-daemon-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-daemon0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-id128-0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-id128-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-journal-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-journal0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-login-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd-login0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libsystemd0, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libudev-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libudev1, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libudev1-udeb, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python3-systemd, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:systemd, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:systemd-dbg, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:systemd-sysv, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:udev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:udev-udeb, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:8.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/13/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/28/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-3815