FreeBSD : seatd-launch -- privilege escalation with SUID (49c35943-0eeb-421c-af4f-78e04582e5fb)

high Nessus Plugin ID 153435



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


Kenny Levinsen reports :

seatd-launch used execlp, which reads the PATH environment variable to search for the requested executable, to execute seatd. This meant that the caller could freely control what executable was loaded by adding a user-writable directory to PATH.

If seatd-launch had the SUID bit set, this could be used by a malicious user with the ability to execute seatd-launch to mount a privilege escalation attack to the owner of seatd-launch, which is likely root.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 153435

File Name: freebsd_pkg_49c359430eeb421caf4f78e04582e5fb.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Published: 9/16/2021

Updated: 11/30/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.5

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-41387


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/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:freebsd:freebsd:seatd, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/16/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/15/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-41387