FreeBSD : xrdb -- root hole via rogue hostname (2eccb24f-61c0-11e0-b199-0015f2db7bde)

high Nessus Plugin ID 53439
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The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.


Matthias Hopf reports :

By crafting hostnames with shell escape characters, arbitrary commands can be executed in a root environment when a display manager reads in the resource database via xrdb.

These specially crafted hostnames can occur in two environments :

Systems are affected are: systems set their hostname via DHCP, and the used DHCP client allows setting of hostnames with illegal characters.
And systems that allow remote logins via xdmcp.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 53439

File Name: freebsd_pkg_2eccb24f61c011e0b1990015f2db7bde.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Published: 4/15/2011

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:xrdb, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Patch Publication Date: 4/14/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/5/2011

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-0465

IAVA: 2017-A-0098