Ubuntu 16.04 LTS : systemd vulnerability (USN-3094-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 93809


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


Andrew Ayer discovered that Systemd improperly handled zero-length notification messages. A local unprivileged attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (init crash leading to system unavailability).

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 systemd package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 93809

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3094-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/09/30

Modified: 2016/10/03

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.9

Temporal Score: 4

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:systemd, 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: 2016/09/29

Reference Information

OSVDB: 144920

USN: 3094-1