Ubuntu 20.04 LTS / 21.04 / 21.10 : Exiv2 regression (USN-5043-2)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 156633


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security update.


The remote Ubuntu 20.04 LTS / 21.04 / 21.10 host has packages installed that are affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the USN-5043-2 advisory.

- Exiv2 is a command-line utility and C++ library for reading, writing, deleting, and modifying the metadata of image files. An out-of-bounds read was found in Exiv2 versions v0.27.4 and earlier. The out-of-bounds read is triggered when Exiv2 is used to read the metadata of a crafted image file. An attacker could potentially exploit the vulnerability to cause a denial of service, if they can trick the victim into running Exiv2 on a crafted image file. The bug is fixed in version v0.27.5. (CVE-2021-37620)

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 exiv2, libexiv2-27 and / or libexiv2-dev packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 156633

File Name: ubuntu_USN-5043-2.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/12/2022

Updated: 1/12/2022

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-37620


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:20.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:21.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:21.10, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exiv2, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libexiv2-27, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libexiv2-dev

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/11/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/9/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-37620

USN: 5043-2