GLSA-201612-12 : Patch: Denial of Service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 95527


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201612-12 (Patch: Denial of Service)

Due to a flaw in Patch, the application can enter an infinite loop when processing a specially crafted diff file.
Impact :

A local attacker could pass a specially crafted diff file to Patch, possibly resulting in a Denial of Service condition.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All patch users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-devel/patch-2.7.4'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 95527

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201612-12.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/12/05

Modified: 2016/12/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/12/05

Reference Information

GLSA: 201612-12