Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS : eglibc vulnerability (USN-2485-1) (GHOST)
High Nessus Plugin ID 81042
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionIt was discovered that a buffer overflow existed in the gethostbyname and gethostbyname2 functions in the GNU C Library. An attacker could use this issue to execute arbitrary code or cause an application crash, resulting in a denial of service.
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SolutionUpdate the affected libc6 package.