FreeBSD : FreeBSD -- Kernel stack disclosure in setlogin(2) / getlogin(2) (74389f22-6007-11e6-a6c3-14dae9d210b8)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 92912


The remote FreeBSD host is missing one or more security-related updates.


When setlogin(2) is called while setting up a new login session, the login name is copied into an uninitialized stack buffer, which is then copied into a buffer of the same size in the session structure. The getlogin(2) system call returns the entire buffer rather than just the portion occupied by the login name associated with the session. Impact : An unprivileged user can access this memory by calling getlogin(2) and reading beyond the terminating NUL character of the resulting string. Up to 16 (FreeBSD 8) or 32 (FreeBSD 9 and 10) bytes of kernel memory may be leaked in this manner for each invocation of setlogin(2).

This memory may contain sensitive information, such as portions of the file cache or terminal buffers, which an attacker might leverage to obtain elevated privileges.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 92912

File Name: freebsd_pkg_74389f22600711e6a6c314dae9d210b8.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/08/12

Modified: 2016/08/12

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.1

Temporal Score: 1.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:FreeBSD-kernel, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/08/11

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2014/11/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-8476

BID: 70912

FreeBSD: SA-14:25.setlogin