Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : libpam-krb5 vulnerabilities (USN-719-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 36218


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


It was discovered that pam_krb5 parsed environment variables when run with setuid applications. A local attacker could exploit this flaw to bypass authentication checks and gain root privileges. (CVE-2009-0360)

Derek Chan discovered that pam_krb5 incorrectly handled refreshing existing credentials when used with setuid applications. A local attacker could exploit this to create or overwrite arbitrary files, and possibly gain root privileges. (CVE-2009-0361).

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 libpam-krb5 package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36218

File Name: ubuntu_USN-719-1.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 4/23/2009

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.2

Temporal Score: 4.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam-krb5, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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: 2/12/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-0360, CVE-2009-0361

BID: 33740, 33741

USN: 719-1

CWE: 264, 287