McAfee LinuxShield <= 1.5.1 nailsd Daemon Remote Privilege Escalation

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 70195


An application on the remote host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of McAfee LinuxShield installed on the remote host is 1.5.1 or earlier. As such, it potentially is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability because it does not properly authenticate clients. An attacker able to log into the remote host can leverage this vulnerability to authenticate to the application's 'nailsd' daemon and do configuration changes as well as execute tasks subject to the privileges with which the 'nailsd' daemon operates.


Upgrade to LinuxShield 1.5.1 if necessary and install hotfix HF550192

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 70195

File Name: mcafee_linuxshield_sb10007.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Published: 2013/09/28

Modified: 2017/08/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 5.4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mcafee:linuxshield:1.5.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/02/25

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/03/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-5116

BID: 38489

OSVDB: 62666

EDB-ID: 14818