Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : Libidn vulnerabilities (USN-3068-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 93107


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security updates.


Thijs Alkemade, Gustavo Grieco, Daniel Stenberg, and Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos discovered that Libidn incorrectly handled invalid UTF-8 characters. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Libidn to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly disclose sensitive memory. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. (CVE-2015-2059)

Hanno Bock discovered that Libidn incorrectly handled certain input.
A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause Libidn to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2015-8948, CVE-2016-6262, CVE-2016-6261, CVE-2016-6263).

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 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 93107

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3068-1.nasl

Version: 2.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/25/2016

Updated: 10/23/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-2059


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-6262

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libidn11, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libidn11-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libidn11-java, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04:-:lts, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:idn

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/24/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/12/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-2059, CVE-2015-8948, CVE-2016-6261, CVE-2016-6262, CVE-2016-6263

USN: 3068-1