Ubuntu 9.04 : ecryptfs-utils vulnerability (USN-783-1)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 39336


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


Chris Jones discovered that the eCryptfs support utilities would report the mount passphrase into installation logs when an eCryptfs home directory was selected during Ubuntu installation. The logs are only readable by the root user, but this still left the mount passphrase unencrypted on disk, potentially leading to a loss of privacy.

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 ecryptfs-utils, libecryptfs-dev and / or libecryptfs0 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 39336

File Name: ubuntu_USN-783-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/06/09

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 1.9

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:ecryptfs-utils, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libecryptfs-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libecryptfs0, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/06/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1296

OSVDB: 55039

USN: 783-1

CWE: 200