SUSE-SA:2005:064: pwdutils, shadow

High Nessus Plugin ID 20209


The remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch


The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SUSE-SA:2005:064 (pwdutils, shadow).

Thomas Gerisch found that the setuid 'chfn' program contained in the pwdutils suite insufficiently checks it's arguments when changing the GECOS field. This bug leads to a trivially exploitable local privilege escalation that allows users to gain root access.

We like to thank Thomas Gerisch for pointing out the problem.


Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20209

File Name: suse_SA_2005_064.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/11/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: Host/SuSE/rpm-list