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

medium Nessus Plugin ID 96237
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VPR Score: 5.3


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: 3.2

Type: local

Published: 1/3/2017

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 5.3

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.6

Vector: 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: 1/1/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0247

GLSA: 201701-06