GLSA-200502-12 : Webmin: Information leak in Gentoo binary package

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 16449


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200502-12 (Webmin: Information leak in Gentoo binary package)

Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered that the Webmin ebuild contains a design flaw. It imports the encrypted local root password into the miniserv.users file before building binary packages that include this file.
Impact :

A remote attacker could retrieve Portage-built Webmin binary packages and recover the encrypted root password from the build host.
Workaround :

Users who never built or shared a Webmin binary package are unaffected by this.


Webmin users should delete any old shared Webmin binary package as soon as possible. They should also consider their buildhost root password potentially exposed and follow proper audit procedures.
If you plan to build binary packages, you should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-admin/webmin-1.170-r3'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 16449

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200502-12.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/02/14

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:webmin, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/11

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/02/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0427

OSVDB: 13772

GLSA: 200502-12