Debian DLA-599-1 : cracklib2 security update

High Nessus Plugin ID 93054


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


It was discovered that there was a stack-based buffer overflow when parsing large GECOS fields in cracklib2, a pro-active password checker library.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', this issue has been fixed in cracklib2 version 2.8.19-3+deb7u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your cracklib2 packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 93054

File Name: debian_DLA-599.nasl

Version: 2.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/08/22

Updated: 2020/03/12

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/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:debian:debian_linux:cracklib-runtime, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcrack2, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libcrack2-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python-cracklib, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:python3-cracklib, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/08/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-6318