Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 13.10 / 14.04 LTS : transmission vulnerability (USN-2279-1)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 76559


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Ben Hawkes discovered that Transmission incorrectly handled certain peer messages. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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 transmission-common package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 76559

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2279-1.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/17/2014

Updated: 1/19/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:transmission-common, 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: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/16/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/29/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-4909

BID: 68487

USN: 2279-1