Ubuntu 4.10 : reportbug information disclosure (USN-88-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20713


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Rolf Leggewie discovered two information disclosure bugs in reportbug.

The per-user configuration file ~/.reportbugrc was created world-readable. If it contained email smarthost passwords, these were readable by any other user on the computer storing the home directory.

reportbug usually includes the settings from ~/.reportbugrc in generated bug reports. This included the 'smtppasswd' setting (the password for an SMTP email smarthost) as well. The password is now hidden from reports.

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 reportbug package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20713

File Name: ubuntu_USN-88-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:reportbug, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/28

Reference Information

USN: 88-1