Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : apt vulnerability (USN-2370-1)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 78106


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


Guillem Jover discovered that APT incorrectly created a temporary file when handling the changelog command. A local attacker could use this issue to overwrite arbitrary files. In the default installation of Ubuntu, this should be prevented by the kernel link restrictions.

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 apt package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 78106

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2370-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/10/09

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 3.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:apt, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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

Patch Publication Date: 2014/10/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-7206

USN: 2370-1