Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.04 / 15.10 : rsync vulnerability (USN-2879-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 88084


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


It was discovered that rsync incorrectly handled invalid filenames. A malicious server could use this issue to write files outside of the intended destination directory.

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 rsync package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 88084

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2879-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/01/22

Modified: 2016/08/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:rsync, 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: 2016/01/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9512

OSVDB: 118290

USN: 2879-1