Ubuntu 8.10 / 9.04 : pam vulnerability (USN-828-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 40906


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


Russell Senior discovered that the system authentication module selection mechanism for PAM did not safely handle an empty selection.
If an administrator had specifically removed the default list of modules or failed to chose a module when operating debconf in a very unlikely non-default configuration, PAM would allow any authentication attempt, which could lead to remote attackers gaining access to a system with arbitrary privileges. This did not affect default Ubuntu installations.

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Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 40906

File Name: ubuntu_USN-828-1.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/09/09

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 9.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam-cracklib, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam-modules, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam-runtime, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam0g, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpam0g-dev, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/09/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3232

USN: 828-1

CWE: 287