GLSA-201206-27 : mini_httpd: Arbitrary code execution

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 59680


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201206-27 (mini_httpd: Arbitrary code execution)

mini_httpd does not properly check for shell escapes when parsing HTTP requests.
Impact :

A remote attacker could send specially crafted HTTP requests, possibly resulting in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process, or allowing for overwriting of files.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


Gentoo discontinued support for mini_httpd. We recommend that users unmerge mini_httpd:
# emerge --unmerge 'www-servers/mini_httpd'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59680

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201206-27.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Published: 2012/06/25

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:mini_httpd, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-4490

BID: 37714

OSVDB: 61776

GLSA: 201206-27

CWE: 20