Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.04 / 15.10 : pygments vulnerability (USN-2862-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 87814


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that Pygments incorrectly sanitized strings used to search system fonts. An 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 python-pygments and / or python3-pygments packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 87814

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2862-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/01/08

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

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


Base Score: 9

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python-pygments, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:python3-pygments, 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: 2016/01/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8557

OSVDB: 128473

USN: 2862-1