Ubuntu 16.04 ESM : Slurm vulnerabilities (USN-4781-2)

high Nessus Plugin ID 170923


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security updates.


The remote Ubuntu 16.04 ESM host has packages installed that are affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the USN-4781-2 advisory.

- The _prolog_error function in slurmd/req.c in Slurm before 15.08.13, 16.x before 16.05.7, and 17.x before 17.02.0-pre4 has a vulnerability in how the slurmd daemon informs users of a Prolog failure on a compute node. That vulnerability could allow a user to assume control of an arbitrary file on the system. Any exploitation of this is dependent on the user being able to cause or anticipate the failure (non-zero return code) of a Prolog script that their job would run on. This issue affects all Slurm versions from 0.6.0 (September 2005) to present. Workarounds to prevent exploitation of this are to either disable your Prolog script, or modify it such that it always returns 0 (success) and adjust it to set the node as down using scontrol instead of relying on the slurmd to handle that automatically. If you do not have a Prolog set you are unaffected by this issue. (CVE-2016-10030)

- SchedMD Slurm before 17.02.11 and 17.1x.x before 17.11.7 mishandles user names (aka user_name fields) and group ids (aka gid fields). (CVE-2018-10995)

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


Update the affected packages.

See Also


Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 170923

File Name: ubuntu_USN-4781-2.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/1/2023

Updated: 7/10/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.6

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-10030


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: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurm26, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurm29, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-llnl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-llnl-basic-plugins, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-llnl-basic-plugins-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-llnl-slurmdbd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-llnl-sview, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-llnl-torque, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-wlm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-wlm-basic-plugins, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-wlm-basic-plugins-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-wlm-emulator, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-wlm-torque, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurmctld, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurmd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurmdbd, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04:-:esm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam-slurm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpmi0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpmi0-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurm-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurm-perl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurmdb-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurmdb-perl, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurmdb26, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libslurmdb29, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-client, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:slurm-client-emulator, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:sview

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/1/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/5/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10030, CVE-2018-10995

USN: 4781-2