Debian DSA-836-1 : cfengine2 - insecure temporary files

low Nessus Plugin ID 19805


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena discovered insecure temporary file use in cfengine2, a tool for configuring and maintaining networked machines, that can be exploited by a symlink attack to overwrite arbitrary files owned by the user executing cfengine, which is probably root.

The oldstable distribution (woody) is not affected by this problem.


Upgrade the cfengine2 package.

For the stable distribution (sarge) these problems have been fixed in version 2.1.14-1sarge1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 19805

File Name: debian_DSA-836.nasl

Version: 1.21

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/5/2005

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.7


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 2.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:cfengine2, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 10/1/2005

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/1/2005

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2960, CVE-2005-3137

DSA: 836