Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : wu-ftpd (MDKSA-2003:080)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 61921
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The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability was discovered by Janusz Niewiadomski and Wojciech Purczynski in the wu-ftpd FTP server package. They found an off-by- one bug in the fb_realpath() function which could be used by a remote attacker to obtain root privileges on the server. This bug can only be successfully accomplished by using wu-ftpd binaries compiled on Linux 2.0.x and later 2.4.x kernels because the 2.2.x and earlier 2.4.x kernels define PATH_MAX to be 4095 characters.

wu-ftpd is no longer shipped with Mandrake Linux, however Mandrake Linux 8.2 did come with wu-ftpd. If you use wu-ftpd, you are encouraged to upgrade to these patched packages.


Update the affected wu-ftpd package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 61921

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-080.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Published: 9/6/2012

Updated: 1/6/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.1


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:wu-ftpd, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/31/2003

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0466

MDKSA: 2003:080