Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : cfengine vulnerabilities (USN-198-1)

low Nessus Plugin ID 20612


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


Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena discovered that several tools in the cfengine package (vicf, cfmailfilter, and cfcron) create and use temporary files in an insecure way. A local attacker could exploit this with a symlink attack to create or overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the cfengine program.

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 cfengine and / or cfengine-doc packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 20612

File Name: ubuntu_USN-198-1.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 1/15/2006

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, 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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:cfengine, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:cfengine-doc, 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

Patch Publication Date: 10/10/2005

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/1/2005

Reference Information

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

USN: 198-1