Wireshark 3.2.x < 3.2.6 A Vulnerability (macOS)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 139572
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An application installed on the remote macOS / Mac OS X host is affected by a vulnerability.


The version of Wireshark installed on the remote macOS / Mac OS X host is prior to 3.2.6. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the wireshark-3.2.6 advisory.

- The Kafka dissector could crash. It may be possible to make Wireshark crash by injecting a malformed packet onto the wire or by convincing someone to read a malformed packet trace file. (CVE-2020-17498)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Wireshark version 3.2.6 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 139572

File Name: macosx_wireshark_3_2_6.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 8/13/2020

Updated: 6/3/2021

Dependencies: macosx_wireshark_installed.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-17498


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:wireshark:wireshark:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/MacOSX/Version, installed_sw/Wireshark

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/12/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/12/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-17498

IAVB: 2020-B-0048-S