Slackware Linux 15.0 / current krb5 Vulnerability (SSA:2022-320-01)

high Nessus Plugin ID 167778


The remote Slackware Linux host is missing a security update to krb5.


The version of krb5 installed on the remote host is prior to 1.19.2 / 1.20.1. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the SSA:2022-320-01 advisory.

- The Kerberos libraries used by Samba provide a mechanism for authenticating a user or service by means of tickets that can contain Privilege Attribute Certificates (PACs). Both the Heimdal and MIT Kerberos libraries, and so the embedded Heimdal shipped by Samba suffer from an integer multiplication overflow when calculating how many bytes to allocate for a buffer for the parsed PAC. On a 32-bit system an overflow allows placement of 16-byte chunks of entirely attacker- controlled data. (Because the user's control over this calculation is limited to an unsigned 32-bit value, 64-bit systems are not impacted).
The server most vulnerable is the KDC, as it will parse an attacker-controlled PAC in the S4U2Proxy handler. The secondary risk is to Kerberos-enabled file server installations in a non-AD realm. A non-AD Heimdal KDC controlling such a realm may pass on an attacker-controlled PAC within the service ticket.

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


Upgrade the affected krb5 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 167778

File Name: Slackware_SSA_2022-320-01.nasl

Version: 1.4

Type: local

Published: 11/17/2022

Updated: 1/6/2023

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9

Temporal Score: 6.7

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-42898


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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:krb5, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:15.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Slackware/release, Host/Slackware/packages

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/15/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-42898

IAVB: 2022-B-0052