Ubuntu 9.10 / 10.04 LTS : base-files vulnerability (USN-968-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 48261


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that the Ubuntu image shipped on some Dell Latitude 2110 systems was accidentally configured to allow unauthenticated package installations. A remote attacker intercepting network communications or a malicious archive mirror server could exploit this to trick the user into installing unsigned packages, resulting in arbitrary code execution with root privileges.

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 base-files package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 48261

File Name: ubuntu_USN-968-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/08/06

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


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:base-files, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2010/08/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0834

OSVDB: 66963

USN: 968-1