Debian DSA-016-3 : wu-ftpd - temp file creation and format string

critical Nessus Plugin ID 14853
New! Plugin Severity Now Using CVSS v3

The calculated severity for Plugins has been updated to use CVSS v3 by default. Plugins that do not have a CVSS v3 score will fall back to CVSS v2 for calculating severity. Severity display preferences can be toggled in the settings dropdown.


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Security people at WireX have noticed a temp file creation bug and the WU-FTPD development team has found a possible format string bug in wu-ftpd. Both could be remotely exploited, though no such exploit exists currently.


Upgrade the wu-ftpd package immediately.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 14853

File Name: debian_DSA-016.nasl

Version: 1.26

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/29/2004

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:wu-ftpd, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:2.2

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/23/2001

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/10/2001

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2001-0138, CVE-2001-0187

BID: 2189, 2296

DSA: 016