Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 / 16.04 LTS : dosfstools vulnerabilities (USN-2986-1)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 91422


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


Hanno Bock discovered that dosfstools incorrectly handled certain malformed filesystems. A local attacker could use this issue to cause dosfstools 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 dosfstools package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 91422

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2986-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/06/01

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.6

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

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


Base Score: 6.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dosfstools, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

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: 2016/05/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8872, CVE-2016-4804

OSVDB: 138403, 138404, 138508

USN: 2986-1