Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 12.10 / 13.10 : file vulnerabilities (USN-2123-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 72720


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that file incorrectly handled Composite Document files. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (CVE-2012-1571)

Bernd Melchers discovered that file incorrectly handled indirect offset values. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to consume resources or crash, resulting in a denial of service.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected file and / or libmagic1 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 72720

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2123-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/02/27

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:file, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libmagic1, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:13.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/02/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1571, CVE-2014-1943

BID: 52225, 65596

USN: 2123-1