Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : glib2.0 vulnerability (USN-841-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 42043


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


Arand Nash discovered that applications linked to GLib (e.g. Nautilus) did not correctly copy symlinks. If a user copied symlinks with GLib, the symlink target files would become world-writable, allowing local attackers to gain access to potentially sensitive information.

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 42043

File Name: ubuntu_USN-841-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/10/06

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.4

Temporal Score: 3.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgio-fam, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-0-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-data, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libglib2.0-doc, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, 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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/10/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3289

BID: 36313

OSVDB: 58345

USN: 841-1

CWE: 264