Debian DSA-028-1 : man-db - format string vulnerability

high Nessus Plugin ID 14865
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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Styx has reported that the program `man' mistakenly passes malicious strings (i.e. containing format characters) through routines that were not meant to use them as format strings. Since this could cause a segmentation fault and privileges were not dropped it may lead to an exploit for the 'man' user.


Upgrade the man-db package immediately.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 14865

File Name: debian_DSA-028.nasl

Version: 1.16

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: High

Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:man-db, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:2.2

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

Patch Publication Date: 2/9/2001

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2001-0193

DSA: 028