Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 LTS / 6.10 : geoip vulnerability (USN-412-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 28001


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


Dean Gaudet discovered that the GeoIP update tool did not validate the filename responses from the update server. A malicious server, or man-in-the-middle system posing as a server, could write to arbitrary files with user privileges.

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 geoip-bin, libgeoip-dev and / or libgeoip1 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 28001

File Name: ubuntu_USN-412-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:TF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:geoip-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgeoip-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgeoip1, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2007/01/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/01/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-0159

BID: 21959

OSVDB: 31618

USN: 412-1