Debian DSA-2161-1 : openjdk-6 - denial of service

medium Nessus Plugin ID 51977
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VPR Score: 6.4


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


It was discovered that the floating point parser in OpenJDK, an implementation of the Java platform, can enter an infinite loop when processing certain input strings. Such input strings represent valid numbers and can be contained in data supplied by an attacker over the network, leading to a denial-of-service attack.


Upgrade the openjdk-6 packages.

For the oldstable distribution (lenny), this problem will be fixed in version 6b18-1.8.3-2~lenny1. For technical reasons, this update will be released separately.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), this problem has been fixed in version 6b18-1.8.3-2+squeeze1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 51977

File Name: debian_DSA-2161.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/15/2011

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 6.4

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:openjdk-6, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:5.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/13/2011

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4476

BID: 46091

DSA: 2161