Ubuntu 9.10 : puppet vulnerabilities (USN-917-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 45342


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


It was discovered that Puppet did not drop supplementary groups when being run as a different user. A local user may be able to use this flaw to bypass security restrictions and gain access to restricted files. (CVE-2009-3564)

It was discovered that Puppet did not correctly handle temporary files. A local user can exploit this flaw to bypass security restrictions and overwrite arbitrary files. (CVE-2010-0156).

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 puppet, puppet-testsuite and / or puppetmaster packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 45342

File Name: ubuntu_USN-917-1.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/03/25

Updated: 2018/11/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 3.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:puppet, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:puppet-testsuite, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:puppetmaster, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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: 2010/03/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-3564, CVE-2010-0156

BID: 36628, 38474

USN: 917-1

CWE: 59, 264