Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : fileutils/coreutils (MDKSA-2003:106)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14088


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


A memory starvation denial of service vulnerability in the ls program was discovered by Georgi Guninski. It is possible to allocate a huge amount of memory by specifying certain command-line arguments. It is also possible to exploit this remotely via programs that call ls such as wu-ftpd (although wu-ftpd is no longer shipped with Mandrake Linux).

Likewise, a non-exploitable integer overflow problem was discovered in ls, which can be used to crash ls by specifying certain command-line arguments. This can also be triggered via remotely accessible services such as wu-ftpd.

The provided packages include a patched ls to fix these problems.


Update the affected coreutils, coreutils-doc and / or fileutils packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14088

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-106.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:coreutils, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:coreutils-doc, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:fileutils, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.2

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

Patch Publication Date: 2003/11/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0853, CVE-2003-0854

MDKSA: 2003:106