GLSA-200508-02 : ProFTPD: Format string vulnerabilities

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 19364


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200508-02 (ProFTPD: Format string vulnerabilities)

'infamous42md' reported that ProFTPD is vulnerable to format string vulnerabilities when displaying a shutdown message containing the name of the current directory, and when displaying response messages to the client using information retrieved from a database using mod_sql.
Impact :

A remote attacker could create a directory with a malicious name that would trigger the format string issue if specific variables are used in the shutdown message, potentially resulting in a Denial of Service or the execution of arbitrary code with the rights of the user running the ProFTPD server. An attacker with control over the database contents could achieve the same result by introducing malicious messages that would trigger the other format string issue when used in server responses.
Workaround :

Do not use the '%C', '%R', or '%U' in shutdown messages, and do not set the 'SQLShowInfo' directive.


All ProFTPD users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-ftp/proftpd-1.2.10-r7'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 19364

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200508-02.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/08/02

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.4

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/07/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2390

OSVDB: 18270, 18271

GLSA: 200508-02