Ubuntu 12.04 LTS : gparted vulnerability (USN-2471-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 80550


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


Wolfgang Ettlinger discovered that GParted incorrectly filtered shell metacharacters when running external commands. A local attacker could use this issue with a crafted filesystem label to run arbitrary commands as the administrator.

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 gparted package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 80550

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2471-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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: 2015/01/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-7208

BID: 71739

USN: 2471-1