Slackware Linux 15.0 / current wpa_supplicant Vulnerability (SSA:2024-059-01)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 191121


The remote Slackware Linux host is missing a security update to wpa_supplicant.


The version of wpa_supplicant installed on the remote host is prior to 2.10. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the SSA:2024-059-01 advisory.

- The implementation of PEAP in wpa_supplicant through 2.10 allows authentication bypass. For a successful attack, wpa_supplicant must be configured to not verify the network's TLS certificate during Phase 1 authentication, and an eap_peap_decrypt vulnerability can then be abused to skip Phase 2 authentication.
The attack vector is sending an EAP-TLV Success packet instead of starting Phase 2. This allows an adversary to impersonate Enterprise Wi-Fi networks. (CVE-2023-52160)

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


Upgrade the affected wpa_supplicant package.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 191121

File Name: Slackware_SSA_2024-059-01.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Published: 2/28/2024

Updated: 3/5/2024

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-52160


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:wpa_supplicant, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:15.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Slackware/release, Host/Slackware/packages

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/28/2024

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/22/2024

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-52160