IBM Inventory Scout < Symlink Vulnerability

medium Nessus Plugin ID 73966
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The remote host contains a program that could allow a user to delete or manipulate files without authorization.


According to its self-reported version, the Inventory Scout install on the remote host is a version prior to It, therefore, could allow a local user to delete arbitrary files or have Inventory Scout operations operate on arbitrary files using a symlink attack.


Upgrade to Inventory Scout or later.

Alternatively, remove the setuid bit from the affected files using the following commands :

- chmod 555 /opt/IBMinvscout/bin/invscoutClient_VPD_Survey
- chmod 555 /opt/IBMinvscout/sbin/invscout_lsvpd

Note that this will disable functionality of these commands for all users except root.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 73966

File Name: invscout_2_2_0_19.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 5/12/2014

Updated: 7/12/2018

Dependencies: find_service2.nasl

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 2.5


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4

Temporal Score: 3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:ibm:invscout.rte

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/13/2011

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/13/2011

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1384

BID: 51059