Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 : vinagre vulnerability (USN-689-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 36896


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


Alfredo Ortega discovered a flaw in Vinagre's use of format strings. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability if they tricked a user into connecting to a malicious VNC server, or opening a specially crafted URI with Vinagre. In Ubuntu 8.04, it was possible to execute arbitrary code with user privileges. In Ubuntu 8.10, Vinagre would simply abort, leading to a denial of service.

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 vinagre package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36896

File Name: ubuntu_USN-689-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:vinagre, 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: 2008/12/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-5660

BID: 32682

OSVDB: 50520

USN: 689-1

CWE: 134