Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 : postgresql-9.1, postgresql-9.3, postgresql-9.4 vulnerabilities (USN-2894-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 88712


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


It was discovered that PostgreSQL incorrectly handled certain regular expressions. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause PostgreSQL to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-0773)

It was discovered that PostgreSQL incorrectly handled certain configuration settings (GUCS) for users of PL/Java. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to escalate privileges. (CVE-2016-0766).

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 postgresql-9.1, postgresql-9.3 and / or postgresql-9.4 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 88712

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2894-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/02/12

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9

Temporal Score: 6.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:postgresql-9.1, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:postgresql-9.3, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:postgresql-9.4, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.10

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: 2016/02/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-0766, CVE-2016-0773

OSVDB: 134458, 134459

USN: 2894-1