Ubuntu 14.04 LTS : GNU C Library vulnerabilities (USN-2519-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 81572


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security updates.


Arnaud Le Blanc discovered that the GNU C Library incorrectly handled file descriptors when resolving DNS queries under high load. This may cause a denial of service in other applications, or an information leak. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2013-7423)

It was discovered that the GNU C Library incorrectly handled receiving a positive answer while processing the network name when performing DNS resolution. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause the GNU C Library to hang, resulting in a denial of service.

Joseph Myers discovered that the GNU C Library wscanf function incorrectly handled memory. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause the GNU C Library to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10. (CVE-2015-1472, CVE-2015-1473).

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Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 81572

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2519-1.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2/27/2015

Updated: 10/20/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-1472


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2014-9402

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-i386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-pic, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-ppc64, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-prof, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-udeb, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-x32, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnss-dns-udeb, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libnss-files-udeb, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:multiarch-support, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:nscd, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04:-:lts, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-amd64, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-armel, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-dev-amd64, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-dev-armel, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-dev-i386, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-dev-ppc64, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc6-dev-x32, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libc-dev-bin, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:eglibc-source

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Debian/dpkg-l, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/26/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/24/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-7423, CVE-2014-9402, CVE-2015-1472, CVE-2015-1473

BID: 71670, 72428, 72499

USN: 2519-1