Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : dhcpcd (MDKSA-2003:003)

high Nessus Plugin ID 13988


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability was discovered by Simon Kelley in the dhcpcd DHCP client daemon. dhcpcd has the ability to execute an external script named dhcpcd-<interface>.exe when an IP address is assigned to that network interface. The script sources the file /var/lib/dhcpcd/dhcpcd-<interface>.info which contains shell variables and DHCP assignment information. The way quotes are handled inside these assignments is flawed, and a malicious DHCP server can execute arbitrary shell commands on the vulnerable DHCP client system. This can also be exploited by an attacker able to spoof DHCP responses.

Mandrake Linux packages contain a sample /etc/dhcpc/dhcpcd.exe file and encourages all users to upgrade immediately. Please note that when you do upgrade, you will have to restart the network for the changes to take proper effect by issuing 'service network restart' as root.


Update the affected dhcpcd package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 13988

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-003.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Published: 7/31/2004

Updated: 1/6/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:dhcpcd, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 1/9/2003

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1403, CVE-2003-0066

MDKSA: 2003:003