GLSA-201612-22 : Coreutils: Arbitrary code execution

High Nessus Plugin ID 95638


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201612-22 (Coreutils: Arbitrary code execution)

A memory corruption flaw in GNU Coreutils’ parse_datetime function was reported. Applications using parse_datetime(), such as touch or date, may accepted untrusted input.
Impact :

A remote attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the process, or cause a Denial of Service condition.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Coreutils users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-apps/coreutils-8.23'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95638

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201612-22.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2016/12/08

Modified: 2016/12/08

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2016/12/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9471

GLSA: 201612-22