Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : coreutils vulnerabilities (USN-2473-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 80552


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


It was discovered that the distcheck rule in dist-check.mk in GNU coreutils allows local users to gain privileges via a symlink attack on a directory tree under /tmp. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. (CVE-2009-4135)

Bertrand Jacquin and Fiedler Roman discovered date and touch incorrectly handled user-supplied input. An attacker could possibly use this to cause a denial of service or potentially execute code.

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 coreutils package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 80552

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2473-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:coreutils, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, 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: 2015/01/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-4135, CVE-2014-9471

BID: 37256, 71268

OSVDB: 115230

USN: 2473-1

CWE: 59