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

critical Nessus Plugin ID 139659


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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Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 139659

File Name: ubuntu_USN-4459-1.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/18/2020

Updated: 5/11/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.0


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-11651


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

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:H/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/Debian/dpkg-l, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/13/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/24/2018

CISA Known Exploited Vulnerability Due Dates: 5/3/2022

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