Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 18.04 LTS : Salt vulnerabilities (USN-4459-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 139659

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VPR Score: 9.4


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


It was discovered that Salt allows remote attackers to determine which files exist on the server. An attacker could use that to extract sensitive information. (CVE-2018-15750) It was discovered that Salt has a vulnerability that allows an user to bypass authentication. An attacker could use that to extract sensitive information, execute abritrary code or crash the server. (CVE-2018-15751) It was discovered that Salt is vulnerable to command injection. This allows an unauthenticated attacker with network access to the API endpoint to execute arbitrary code on the salt-api host. (CVE-2019-17361) It was discovered that Salt incorrectly validated method calls and sanitized paths. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to access some methods without authentication. (CVE-2020-11651, CVE-2020-11652).

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 139659

File Name: ubuntu_USN-4459-1.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2020/08/18

Updated: 2020/09/17

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 9.4

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.2

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:salt-api, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:salt-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:salt-master, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:salt-minion, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:18.04:-:lts

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2020/08/13

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2018/10/24

Exploitable With

Metasploit (SaltStack Salt Master/Minion Unauthenticated RCE)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-15750, CVE-2018-15751, CVE-2019-17361, CVE-2020-11651, CVE-2020-11652

USN: 4459-1