Ubuntu 8.04 LTS / 10.04 LTS / 11.04 / 11.10 / 12.04 LTS : postgresql-8.3, postgresql-8.4, postgresql-9.1 vulnerabilities (USN-1461-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 59385


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that PostgreSQL incorrectly handled certain bytes passed to the crypt() function when using DES encryption. An attacker could use this flaw to incorrectly handle authentication.

It was discovered that PostgreSQL incorrectly handled SECURITY DEFINER and SET attributes on procedural call handlers. An attacker could use this flaw to cause PostgreSQL to crash, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2012-2655).

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 postgresql-8.3, postgresql-8.4 and / or postgresql-9.1 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59385

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1461-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.8 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/06/06

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:postgresql-8.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:postgresql-8.4, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:postgresql-9.1, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:11.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:11.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2143, CVE-2012-2655

BID: 53729

OSVDB: 82509, 82510, 82577, 82578, 82630

USN: 1461-1