GLSA-201611-07 : polkit: Heap-corruption on duplicate IDs

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 94891


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201611-07 (polkit: Heap-corruption on duplicate IDs)

A vulnerability was discovered in polkit’s polkit_backend_action_pool_init function due to duplicate action IDs in action descriptions.
Impact :

Local attackers are able to gain unauthorized privileges on the system.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All polkit users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-auth/polkit-0.113'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 94891

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201611-07.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/11/15

Modified: 2016/11/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:polkit, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-3255

GLSA: 201611-07