Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 : icu vulnerability (USN-846-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 42081
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The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that ICU did not properly handle invalid byte sequences during Unicode conversion. If an application using ICU processed crafted data, content security mechanisms could be bypassed, potentially leading to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

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Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 42081

File Name: ubuntu_USN-846-1.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/9/2009

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:icu-doc, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:lib32icu-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:lib32icu38, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libicu-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libicu38, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libicu38-dbg, 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 Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/8/2009

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-0153

USN: 846-1

CWE: 79