Ubuntu 14.10 : gnutls28 vulnerability (USN-2403-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 79209


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


Sean Burford discovered that GnuTLS incorrectly handled printing certain elliptic curve parameters. A malicious remote server or client could use this issue to cause GnuTLS to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 79209

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2403-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/11/12

Modified: 2016/05/24

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:gnutls-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgnutls-deb0-28, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgnutls-openssl27, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libgnutlsxx28, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

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: 2014/11/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-8564

BID: 71003

USN: 2403-1