Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 15.10 : xdelta3 vulnerability (USN-2901-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 88836


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


It was discovered that xdelta3 incorrectly handled certain files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause xdelta3 to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly 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 xdelta3 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 88836

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2901-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/02/18

Modified: 2016/10/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

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


Base Score: 8.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:xdelta3, 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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/02/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9765

USN: 2901-1