Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : texinfo vulnerability (USN-194-1)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 20608


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


Frank Lichtenheld discovered that the 'texindex' program created temporary files in an insecure manner. This could allow a symlink attack to create or overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running texindex.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected info and / or texinfo packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 20608

File Name: ubuntu_USN-194-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 1.2

Temporal Score: 1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:info, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:texinfo, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2005/10/06

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/09/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-3011

BID: 14854

OSVDB: 19409

USN: 194-1