Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 13.10 / 14.04 LTS : file vulnerabilities (USN-2278-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 76525


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


Mike Frysinger discovered that the file awk script detector used multiple wildcard with unlimited repetitions. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to consume resources, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2013-7345)

Francisco Alonso discovered that file incorrectly handled certain CDF documents. A attacker could use this issue to cause file to hang or crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-0207, CVE-2014-3478, CVE-2014-3479, CVE-2014-3480, CVE-2014-3487)

Jan Kaluza discovered that file did not properly restrict the amount of data read during regex searches. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to 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 file and / or libmagic1 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 76525

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2278-1.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/16/2014

Updated: 1/19/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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:13.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/15/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/24/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-7345, CVE-2014-0207, CVE-2014-3478, CVE-2014-3479, CVE-2014-3480, CVE-2014-3487, CVE-2014-3538

BID: 66406, 68120, 68238, 68239, 68241, 68243, 68348

USN: 2278-1