FreeBSD : socat -- Heap-based buffer overflow (6601127c-9e09-11e1-b5e0-000c299b62e1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 59095


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


The socat development team reports :

This vulnerability can be exploited when socat is invoked with the READLINE address (this is usually only used interactively) without option 'prompt' and without option 'noprompt' and an attacker succeeds to provide malicious data to the other (arbitrary) address that is then transferred by socat to the READLINE address for output.

Successful exploitation may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the socat process.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59095

File Name: freebsd_pkg_6601127c9e0911e1b5e0000c299b62e1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Published: 2012/05/15

Modified: 2013/06/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.2

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2012/05/14

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/05/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0219