GLSA-200506-07 : Ettercap: Format string vulnerability

High Nessus Plugin ID 18464


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200506-07 (Ettercap: Format string vulnerability)

The curses_msg function of Ettercap's Ncurses-based user interface insecurely implements formatted printing.
Impact :

A remote attacker could craft a malicious network flow that would result in executing arbitrary code with the rights of the user running the Ettercap tool, which is often root.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Ettercap users should upgrade to the latest available version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-analyzer/ettercap-0.7.3'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 18464

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200506-07.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/06/11

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/06/11

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/05/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1796

OSVDB: 16960

GLSA: 200506-07