Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : pwgen (MDVSA-2015:008)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 80427

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VPR Score: 4.2


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing a security update.


Updated pwgen package fixes security vulnerabilities :

Pwgen was found to generate weak non-tty passwords by default, which could be brute-forced with a commendable success rate, which could raise security concerns (CVE-2013-4440).

Pwgen was found to silently falling back to use standard pseudo generated numbers on the systems that heavily use entropy. Systems, such as those with a lot of daemons providing encryption services, the entropy was found to be exhausted, which forces pwgen to fall back to use standard pseudo generated numbers (CVE-2013-4442).


Update the affected pwgen package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 80427

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2015-008.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Published: 2015/01/09

Updated: 2021/01/06

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 4.2

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:pwgen, cpe:/o:mandriva:business_server:1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/01/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4440, CVE-2013-4442

BID: 63184, 63185

MDVSA: 2015:008