IBM Inventory Scout < Symlink Vulnerability

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 73966


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: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 2014/05/12

Modified: 2016/05/16

Dependencies: 11153

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4

Temporal Score: 3.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/12/13

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2011/12/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1384

BID: 51059

OSVDB: 77688, 77689