Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.04 / 15.10 : dpkg vulnerability (USN-2820-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 87108


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


Hanno Boeck discovered that the dpkg-deb tool incorrectly handled certain old style Debian binary packages. If a user or an automated system were tricked into unpacking a specially crafted binary package, a remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

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 dpkg package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 87108

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2820-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/11/30

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dpkg, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/11/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0860

OSVDB: 130706

USN: 2820-1