Debian DSA-2481-1 : arpwatch - fails to drop supplementary groups

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 59759


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


Steve Grubb from Red Hat discovered that a patch for arpwatch (as shipped at least in Red Hat and Debian distributions) in order to make it drop root privileges would fail to do so and instead add the root group to the list of the daemon uses.


Upgrade the arpwatch packages.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), this problem has been fixed in version 2.1a15-1.1+squeeze1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 59759

File Name: debian_DSA-2481.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/06/29

Updated: 2018/11/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:arpwatch, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2653

BID: 52504

DSA: 2481