Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 13.10 / 14.04 LTS : gnupg, gnupg2 vulnerability (USN-2258-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 76276


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


Jean-Rene Reinhard, Olivier Levillain and Florian Maury discovered that GnuPG incorrectly handled certain OpenPGP messages. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted message, GnuPG could consume resources, 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 gnupg and / or gnupg2 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 76276

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2258-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/06/27

Modified: 2016/09/06

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:gnupg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnupg2, 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: 2014/06/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-4617

BID: 68156

OSVDB: 108367

USN: 2258-1