Debian DSA-143-1 : krb5 - integer overflow

critical Nessus Plugin ID 14980


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


An integer overflow bug has been discovered in the RPC library used by the Kerberos 5 administration system, which is derived from the SunRPC library. This bug could be exploited to gain unauthorized root access to a KDC host. It is believed that the attacker needs to be able to authenticate to the kadmin daemon for this attack to be successful. No exploits are known to exist yet.


Upgrade the kerberos packages immediately.

This problem has been fixed in version 1.2.4-5woody1 for the current stable distribution (woody) and in version 1.2.5-2 for the unstable distribution (sid). Debian 2.2 (potato) is not affected since it doesn't contain krb5 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 14980

File Name: debian_DSA-143.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/29/2004

Updated: 1/4/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:krb5, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0

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: 8/5/2002

Exploitable With


Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-0391

BID: 5356

CERT: 192995

DSA: 143