Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : memcached vulnerabilities (USN-3120-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 94509


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


Aleksandar Nikolic discovered that Memcached incorrectly handled certain malformed commands. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause Memcached to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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 memcached package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 94509

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3120-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/11/03

Modified: 2017/01/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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


Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:memcached, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-8704, CVE-2016-8705, CVE-2016-8706

USN: 3120-1