Debian DSA-1678-1 : perl - design flaws

medium Nessus Plugin ID 35031
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The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Paul Szabo rediscovered a vulnerability in the File::Path::rmtree function of Perl. It was possible to exploit a race condition to create setuid binaries in a directory tree or remove arbitrary files when a process is deleting this tree. This issue was originally known as CVE-2005-0448 and CVE-2004-0452, which were addressed by DSA-696-1 and DSA-620-1. Unfortunately, they were reintroduced later.


Upgrade the perl packages.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in version 5.8.8-7etch5.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 35031

File Name: debian_DSA-1678.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/4/2008

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/3/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5302, CVE-2008-5303

BID: 12767

DSA: 1678

CWE: 362