Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : valgrind (MDVSA-2009:057)

High Nessus Plugin ID 38051


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability has been identified and corrected in valgrind :

Untrusted search path vulnerability in valgrind before 3.4.0 allows local users to execute arbitrary programs via a Trojan horse .valgrindrc file in the current working directory, as demonstrated using a malicious --db-command options. NOTE: the severity of this issue has been disputed, but CVE is including this issue because execution of a program from an untrusted directory is a common scenario. (CVE-2008-4865)

The updated packages have been patched to prevent this.


Update the affected valgrind package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 38051

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2009-057.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2013/06/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:valgrind, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.0, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2009.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2009/02/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4865

MDVSA: 2009:057