Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : dhcp (MDKSA-2002:037)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 13942


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


Fermin J. Serna discovered a problem in the dhcp server and client package from versions 3.0 to 3.0.1rc8, which are affected by a format string vulnerability that can be exploited remotely. By default, these versions of DHCP are compiled with the dns update feature enabled, which allows DHCP to update DNS records. The code that logs this update has an exploitable format string vulnerability; the update message can contain data provided by the attacker, such as a hostname.
A successful exploitation could give the attacker elevated privileges equivalent to the user running the DHCP daemon, which is the user dhcpd in Mandrake Linux 8.x, but root in earlier versions.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 13942

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2002-037.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Published: 7/31/2004

Updated: 1/6/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcp, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcp-client, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcp-common, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcp-devel, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcp-relay, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcp-server, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2

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

Patch Publication Date: 5/29/2002

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-0702

CERT-CC: CA-2002-12

MDKSA: 2002:037