Debian dsa-5679 : less - security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 194970


The remote Debian host is missing one or more security-related updates.


The remote Debian 11 / 12 host has a package installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the dsa-5679 advisory.

- close_altfile in filename.c in less before 606 omits shell_quote calls for LESSCLOSE. (CVE-2022-48624)

- less through 653 allows OS command execution via a newline character in the name of a file, because quoting is mishandled in filename.c. Exploitation typically requires use with attacker-controlled file names, such as the files extracted from an untrusted archive. Exploitation also requires the LESSOPEN environment variable, but this is set by default in many common cases. (CVE-2024-32487)

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


Upgrade the less packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 194970

File Name: debian_DSA-5679.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/4/2024

Updated: 5/4/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-48624


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:less, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:11.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:12.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/3/2024

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/19/2024

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-48624, CVE-2024-32487