Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : exuberant-ctags vulnerability (USN-2371-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 78107


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


It was discovered that Exuberant Ctags incorrectly handled certain minified js files. An attacker could use this issue to possibly cause Exuberant Ctags 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 exuberant-ctags package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 78107

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2371-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/10/09

Modified: 2016/11/09

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exuberant-ctags, 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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/10/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-7204

BID: 70168

OSVDB: 112337

USN: 2371-1