Ubuntu 16.04 ESM : Gettext vulnerability (USN-4779-1)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 183530


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security update.


The remote Ubuntu 16.04 ESM host has a package installed that is affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the USN-4779-1 advisory.

- The plural form formula in ngettext family of calls in php-gettext before 1.0.12 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2015-8980)

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


Update the affected php-gettext package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 183530

File Name: ubuntu_USN-4779-1.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/20/2023

Updated: 10/20/2023

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-8980


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04:-:esm, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:php-gettext

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/15/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/24/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8980

USN: 4779-1