GLSA-201611-10 : libuv: Privilege escalation

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 94936


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201611-10 (libuv: Privilege escalation)

It was discovered that libuv does not call setgroups before calling setuid/setgid. If this is not called, then even though the uid has been dropped, there may still be groups associated that permit superuser privileges.
Impact :

Context-dependent attackers could escalate privileges via unspecified vectors.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All libuv users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --verbose --oneshot '>=dev-libs/libuv-1.4.2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 94936

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201611-10.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/11/17

Modified: 2016/11/17

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/11/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0278

GLSA: 201611-10