GLSA-201701-06 : e2fsprogs: Heap-based buffer overflow

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 96237


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201701-06 (e2fsprogs: Heap-based buffer overflow)

A heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in openfs.c in the libext2fs library in e2fsprogs.
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to use ext2fs library (for example, fsck) on a specially crafted Ext2/3/4 file system possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the process or a Denial of Service condition.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All e2fsprogs users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-fs/e2fsprogs-1.42.12'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 96237

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201701-06.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/01/03

Modified: 2017/01/03

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:e2fsprogs, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2017/01/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0247

GLSA: 201701-06