McAfee LinuxShield <= 1.5.1 nailsd Daemon Remote Privilege Escalation

medium Nessus Plugin ID 70195
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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: 1.10

Type: local

Published: 9/28/2013

Updated: 11/15/2018

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/25/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/2/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-5116

BID: 38489

EDB-ID: 14818