Ubuntu 7.10 / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : glib2.0 vulnerability (USN-738-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 36361


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


Diego Petteno discovered that the Base64 encoding functions in GLib did not properly handle large strings. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a crafted Base64 string, an attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36361

File Name: ubuntu_USN-738-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Temporal Score: 4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgio-fam, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-0-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-data, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-udeb, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, 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: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/03/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4316

BID: 34100

USN: 738-1

CWE: 189