PostgreSQL 14.x < 14.12 / 15.x < 15.7 / 16.x < 16.3 Missing Authorization Check

low Nessus Plugin ID 197741


The remote database server is affected by a vulnerability


The version of PostgreSQL installed on the remote host is 14 prior to 14.12, 15 prior to 15.7, or 16 prior to 16.3. As such, it is potentially affected by a vulnerability :

- Missing authorization in PostgreSQL built-in views pg_stats_ext and pg_stats_ext_exprs allows an unprivileged database user to read most common values and other statistics from CREATE STATISTICS commands of other users. The most common values may reveal column values the eavesdropper could not otherwise read or results of functions they cannot execute. Installing an unaffected version only fixes fresh PostgreSQL installations, namely those that are created with the initdb utility after installing that version. Current PostgreSQL installations will remain vulnerable until they follow the instructions in the release notes. Within major versions 14-16, minor versions before PostgreSQL 16.3, 15.7, and 14.12 are affected. Versions before PostgreSQL 14 are unaffected. (CVE-2024-4317)

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


Upgrade to PostgreSQL 14.12 / 15.7 / 16.3 or later

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 197741

File Name: postgresql_20240509.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: combined

Family: Databases

Published: 5/23/2024

Updated: 5/24/2024

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 2.2


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2024-4317


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 3.1

Temporal Score: 2.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:postgresql:postgresql

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/9/2024

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/9/2024

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2024-4317

IAVB: 2024-B-0062