Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 8.10 / 9.04 / 9.10 : sudo vulnerability (USN-928-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 45550


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


Valerio Costamagna discovered that sudo did not properly validate the path for the 'sudoedit' pseudo-command when the PATH contained only a dot ('.'). If secure_path and ignore_dot were disabled, a local attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary code as root if sudo was configured to allow the attacker to use sudoedit. By default, secure_path is used and the sudoedit pseudo-command is not used in Ubuntu. This is a different but related issue to CVE-2010-0426.

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 sudo and / or sudo-ldap packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 45550

File Name: ubuntu_USN-928-1.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/04/16

Updated: 2019/09/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:sudo, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:sudo-ldap, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.04, 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: 2010/04/15

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/02/24

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0426

BID: 39468

USN: 928-1

CWE: 264