Debian DSA-2861-1 : file - denial of service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 72537


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


It was discovered that file, a file type classification tool, contains a flaw in the handling of 'indirect' magic rules in the libmagic library, which leads to an infinite recursion when trying to determine the file type of certain files. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ID CVE-2014-1943 has been assigned to identify this flaw. Additionally, other well-crafted files might result in long computation times (while using 100% CPU) and overlong results.


Upgrade the file packages.

For the oldstable distribution (squeeze), this problem has been fixed in version 5.04-5+squeeze3.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in version 5.11-2+deb7u1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 72537

File Name: debian_DSA-2861.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/02/17

Updated: 2020/03/12

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:file, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

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

Patch Publication Date: 2014/02/16

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-1943

DSA: 2861