Debian DSA-5150-1 : rsyslog - security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 161689


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


The remote Debian 10 / 11 host has packages installed that are affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the dsa-5150 advisory.

- Rsyslog is a rocket-fast system for log processing. Modules for TCP syslog reception have a potential heap buffer overflow when octet-counted framing is used. This can result in a segfault or some other malfunction. As of our understanding, this vulnerability can not be used for remote code execution. But there may still be a slight chance for experts to do that. The bug occurs when the octet count is read.
While there is a check for the maximum number of octets, digits are written to a heap buffer even when the octet count is over the maximum, This can be used to overrun the memory buffer. However, once the sequence of digits stop, no additional characters can be added to the buffer. In our opinion, this makes remote exploits impossible or at least highly complex. Octet-counted framing is one of two potential framing modes. It is relatively uncommon, but enabled by default on receivers. Modules `imtcp`, `imptcp`, `imgssapi`, and `imhttp` are used for regular syslog message reception. It is best practice not to directly expose them to the public. When this practice is followed, the risk is considerably lower. Module `imdiag` is a diagnostics module primarily intended for testbench runs. We do not expect it to be present on any production installation. Octet-counted framing is not very common. Usually, it needs to be specifically enabled at senders. If users do not need it, they can turn it off for the most important modules. This will mitigate the vulnerability. (CVE-2022-24903)

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


Upgrade the rsyslog packages.

For the stable distribution (bullseye), this problem has been fixed in version 8.2102.0-2+deb11u1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 161689

File Name: debian_DSA-5150.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/31/2022

Updated: 5/31/2022

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-24903


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.1

Temporal Score: 7.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-czmq, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-elasticsearch, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-gnutls, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-gssapi, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-hiredis, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-kafka, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-mongodb, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-mysql, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-openssl, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-pgsql, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:rsyslog-relp, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:10.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:11.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/28/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/6/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-24903