Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 9.10 / 10.04 LTS / 10.10 : logwatch vulnerability (USN-1078-1)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 52480
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionDominik George discovered that logwatch did not properly sanitize log file names that were passed to the shell as part of a command. If a remote attacker were able to generate specially crafted filenames (for example, via Samba logging), they could execute arbitrary code with root privileges.
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SolutionUpdate the affected logwatch package.