Ubuntu 8.10 : system-tools-backends regression (USN-663-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 38095


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


It was discovered that passwords changed (or new users created) via the 'Users and Groups' tool were created with 3DES hashing. This reduced the security of stored user passwords, and was a regression from the correct MD5 hashing. This update fixes the problem; future password changes will correct the hashing used. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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 system-tools-backends and / or system-tools-backends-dev packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 38095

File Name: ubuntu_USN-663-1.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: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:system-tools-backends, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:system-tools-backends-dev, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-6792

OSVDB: 50037

USN: 663-1

CWE: 310