GLSA-202305-14 : uptimed: Root Privilege Escalation

high Nessus Plugin ID 175052


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-202305-14 (uptimed: Root Privilege Escalation)

- uptimed before 0.4.6-r1 on Gentoo allows local users (with access to the uptimed user account) to gain root privileges by creating a hard link within the /var/spool/uptimed directory, because there is an unsafe chown -R call. (CVE-2020-36657)

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


All uptimed users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose >=app-misc/uptimed-0.4.6-r1

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 175052

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-202305-14.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Published: 5/3/2023

Updated: 5/3/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-36657


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/3/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/26/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-36657