Debian DLA-755-1 : dcmtk security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 95955


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


At several places in the code a wrong length of ACSE data structures received over the network can cause overflows or underflows when processing those data structures. Related checks have been added at various places in order to prevent such (possible) attacks. Thanks to Kevin Basista for the report.

The bug will indeed affect all DCMTK-based server applications that accept incoming DICOM network connections that are using the dcmtk-3.6.0 and earlier versions.


For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 3.6.0-12+deb7u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your dcmtk packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 95955

File Name: debian_DLA-755.nasl

Version: 3.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/21/2016

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:dcmtk, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:dcmtk-doc, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:dcmtk-www, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libdcmtk2, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libdcmtk2-dev, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/20/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8979