Debian DSA-696-1 : perl - design flaw

low Nessus Plugin ID 17600
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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Paul Szabo discovered another vulnerability in the File::Path::rmtree function of perl, the popular scripting language. When a process is deleting a directory tree, a different user could exploit a race condition to create setuid binaries in this directory tree, provided that he already had write permissions in any subdirectory of that tree.


Upgrade the perl packages.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 5.6.1-8.9.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 17600

File Name: debian_DSA-696.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/23/2005

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 1.2

Temporal Score: 0.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:perl, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/22/2005

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/9/2005

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0448

DSA: 696