Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : coreutils vulnerabilities (USN-2473-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 80552
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionIt 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.
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SolutionUpdate the affected coreutils package.