Debian DLA-260-1 : hostapd security update

medium Nessus Plugin ID 84471


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability was found in WMM Action frame processing in a case where hostapd is used to implement AP mode MLME/SME functionality (i.e., Host AP driver of a mac80211-based driver on Linux).

This vulnerability can be used to perform denial of service attacks by an attacker that is within radio range of the AP that uses hostapd for MLME/SME operations.

For Debian 6 'Squeeze', this vulnerability has been fixed in version 1:0.6.10-2+squeeze2 of hostapd. We recommend that you upgrade your hostapd package.

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 hostapd package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 84471

File Name: debian_DLA-260.nasl

Version: 2.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/1/2015

Updated: 1/11/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:hostapd, 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: 6/30/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-4142

BID: 74549