SUSE SLES12 Security Update : permissions (SUSE-SU-2021:2280-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 151491



The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


The remote SUSE Linux SLES12 / SLES_SAP12 host has a package installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the SUSE-SU-2021:2280-1 advisory.

- The /usr/sbin/pinger binary packaged with squid in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 before and including version 4.8-5.8.1 and in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 before and including 3.5.21-26.17.1 had squid:root, 0750 permissions. This allowed an attacker that compromissed the squid user to gain persistence by changing the binary (CVE-2019-3688)

- The chkstat tool in the permissions package followed symlinks before commit a9e1d26cd49ef9ee0c2060c859321128a6dd4230 (please also check the additional hardenings after this fix).
This allowed local attackers with control over a path that is traversed by chkstat to escalate privileges.

- A UNIX Symbolic Link (Symlink) Following vulnerability in chkstat of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 set permissions intended for specific binaries on other binaries because it erroneously followed symlinks. The symlinks can't be controlled by attackers on default systems, so exploitation is difficult. This issue affects: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 permissions versions prior to 2015.09.28.1626-17.27.1. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 permissions versions prior to 20181116-9.23.1. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 permissions versions prior to 2013.1.7- (CVE-2020-8013)

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


Update the affected permissions package.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 151491

File Name: suse_SU-2021-2280-1.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/10/2021

Updated: 7/13/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-3690


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:permissions, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/9/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/7/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-3688, CVE-2019-3690, CVE-2020-8013

SuSE: SUSE-SU-2021:2280-1