Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : zlib vulnerabilities (USN-4246-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 133204
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Synopsis

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

Description

It was discovered that zlib incorrectly handled pointer arithmetic. An attacker could use this issue to cause zlib to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-9840, CVE-2016-9841)

It was discovered that zlib incorrectly handled vectors involving left shifts of negative integers. An attacker could use this issue to cause zlib to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-9842)

It was discovered that zlib incorrectly handled vectors involving big-endian CRC calculation. An attacker could use this issue to cause zlib to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2016-9843).

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.

Solution

Update the affected packages.

See Also

https://usn.ubuntu.com/4246-1/

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 133204

File Name: ubuntu_USN-4246-1.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/23/2020

Updated: 1/27/2020

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.4

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:lib32z1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:lib64z1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libn32z1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libx32z1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:zlib1g, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/22/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/23/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-9840, CVE-2016-9841, CVE-2016-9842, CVE-2016-9843

USN: 4246-1