Ubuntu 10.10 : language-selector vulnerability (USN-1115-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 55073


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


Romain Perier discovered that the language-selector D-Bus backend did not correctly check for Policy Kit authorizations. A local attacker could exploit this to inject shell commands into the system-wide locale configuration file, leading to root privilege escalation.

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 language-selector-common package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 55073

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1115-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/06/13

Modified: 2016/05/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:language-selector-common, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2011/04/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-0729, CVE-2011-1842

OSVDB: 74177, 74178

USN: 1115-1