Debian DSA-377-1 : wu-ftpd - insecure program execution

High Nessus Plugin ID 15214


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


wu-ftpd, an FTP server, implements a feature whereby multiple files can be fetched in the form of a dynamically constructed archive file, such as a tar archive. The names of the files to be included are passed as command line arguments to tar, without protection against them being interpreted as command-line options. GNU tar supports several command line options which can be abused, by means of this vulnerability, to execute arbitrary programs with the privileges of the wu-ftpd process.

Georgi Guninski pointed out that this vulnerability exists in Debian woody.


For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 2.6.2-3woody2.

We recommend that you update your wu-ftpd package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 15214

File Name: debian_DSA-377.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/09/29

Updated: 2018/07/20

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2003/09/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0997

DSA: 377