Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 : git vulnerabilities (USN-2938-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 90095


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


Lael Cellier discovered that Git incorrectly handled path strings in crafted Git repositories. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Git. (CVE-2016-2315, CVE-2016-2324).

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 git package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 90095

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2938-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/03/22

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/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:git, 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: 2016/03/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-2315, CVE-2016-2324

OSVDB: 135893, 135894

USN: 2938-1