Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 13.10 / 14.04 LTS : dpkg vulnerabilities (USN-2242-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 74464


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


It was discovered that dpkg incorrectly handled certain patches when unpacking source packages. If a user or an automated system were tricked into unpacking a specially crafted source package, a remote attacker could modify files outside the target unpack directory, leading to a denial of service or potentially gaining access to the system.

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 dpkg-dev and / or libdpkg-perl packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 74464

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2242-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/06/11

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dpkg-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libdpkg-perl, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:13.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/06/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3864, CVE-2014-3865

BID: 67725, 67727

USN: 2242-1