openSUSE 15 Security Update : arpwatch (openSUSE-SU-2021:0945-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 151283



The remote SUSE host is missing a security update.


The remote SUSE Linux SUSE15 host has packages installed that are affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the openSUSE-SU-2021:0945-1 advisory.

- A UNIX Symbolic Link (Symlink) Following vulnerability in arpwatch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4-LTSS, SUSE Manager Server 4.0, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Crowbar 9; openSUSE Factory, Leap 15.2 allows local attackers with control of the runtime user to run arpwatch as to escalate to root upon the next restart of arpwatch. This issue affects: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11-SP4-LTSS arpwatch versions prior to 2.1a15. SUSE Manager Server 4.0 arpwatch versions prior to 2.1a15. SUSE OpenStack Cloud Crowbar 9 arpwatch versions prior to 2.1a15. openSUSE Factory arpwatch version 2.1a15-169.5 and prior versions.
openSUSE Leap 15.2 arpwatch version 2.1a15-lp152.5.5 and prior versions. (CVE-2021-25321)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Update the affected arpwatch and / or arpwatch-ethercodes-build packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 151283

File Name: openSUSE-2021-945.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/2/2021

Updated: 12/11/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-25321


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:arpwatch, p-cpe:/a:novell:opensuse:arpwatch-ethercodes-build, cpe:/o:novell:opensuse:15.2

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/1/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/30/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-25321