Debian DSA-1566-1 : cpio - programming error

high Nessus Plugin ID 32140


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Dmitry Levin discovered a vulnerability in path handling code used by the cpio archive utility. The weakness could enable a denial of service (crash) or potentially the execution of arbitrary code if a vulnerable version of cpio is used to extract or to list the contents of a maliciously crafted archive.


Upgrade the cpio packages.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version 2.6-18.1+etch1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 32140

File Name: debian_DSA-1566.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/9/2008

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:cpio, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:4.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/2/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4476

DSA: 1566

CWE: 119