SuSE 11.1 Security Update : puppet (SAT Patch Number 5421)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 57129


The remote SuSE 11 host is missing one or more security updates.


The following security issues have been fixed :

- Puppet's certificate authority issued Puppet agent certificates capable of impersonating the Puppet master.
Compromised or rogue puppet agents could therefore use their certificates for MITM attacks. (CVE-2011-3872)

Note: If you've set the 'certdnsnames' option in your master's puppet.conf file merely installing the updated packages is not sufficient to fix this problem. You need to either pick a new DNS name for the master and reconfigure all agents to use it or re-new certificates on all agents.

Please refer to the documentation in /usr/share/doc/packages/puppet/puppetlabs-cve20113872-0.
0.5 for detailed instructions and scripts.

Puppetlabs' site also provides more information: nt-altnames-vulnerability/

- Directory traversal vulnerability in puppet allowed unauthenticated remote attackers to upload x.509 certificate signing requests to arbitrary locations.

- Puppet was prone to several symlink attacks (CVE-2011-3870 / CVE-2011-3869 / CVE-2011-3871)


Apply SAT patch number 5421.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 57129

File Name: suse_11_puppet-111111.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/12/13

Modified: 2013/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:11:puppet, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:11:puppet-server, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:11

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/SuSE/release, Host/SuSE/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2011/11/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-3848, CVE-2011-3869, CVE-2011-3870, CVE-2011-3871, CVE-2011-3872