Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : tcpdump vulnerabilities (USN-2580-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 83112


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


It was discovered that tcpdump incorrectly handled printing certain packets. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause tcpdump to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

In the default installation, attackers would be isolated by the tcpdump AppArmor profile.

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 tcpdump package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 83112

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2580-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/04/28

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:tcpdump, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

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: 2015/04/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0261, CVE-2015-2153, CVE-2015-2154, CVE-2015-2155

BID: 73017, 73018, 73019, 73021

OSVDB: 119418, 119419, 119420, 119421

USN: 2580-1