Debian DLA-50-1 : file security update

medium Nessus Plugin ID 82197


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.



file does not properly restrict the amount of data read during a regex search, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption).


Integer overflow in the cdf_read_property_info function in cdf.c allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash).

Note: The other seven issues for wheezy, fixed in 5.11-2+deb7u4 (DSA-3021-1), were already handled in 5.04-5+squeeze6 (DLA 27-1) in July 2014. Also, as an amendment, as a side effect of the changes done back then then, the MIME type detection of some files had improved from 'application/octet-stream' to something more specific like 'application/x-dosexec' or 'application/x-iso9660-image'.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 82197

File Name: debian_DLA-50.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/26/2015

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:file, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libmagic-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libmagic1, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python-magic, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python-magic-dbg, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/10/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3538, CVE-2014-3587

BID: 68348, 69325