Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : mysql-5.5, mysql-5.7 vulnerability (USN-3078-1)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 93510


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


Dawid Golunski discovered that MySQL incorrectly handled configuration files. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

MySQL has been updated to 5.5.52 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has been updated to MySQL 5.7.15.

In addition to security fixes, the updated packages contain bug fixes, new features, and possibly incompatible changes.

Please see the following for more information:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.5/en/news-5-5-51.html http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.5/en/news-5-5-52.html http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.7/en/news-5-7-14.html http://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/5.7/en/news-5-7-15.html

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 mysql-server-5.5 and / or mysql-server-5.7 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 93510

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3078-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/09/15

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:U/RC:ND


Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:U/RC:X

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-server-5.5, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-server-5.7, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/09/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-6662

OSVDB: 143530, 144086, 144092

USN: 3078-1