GLSA-201701-77 : Ansible: Remote execution of arbitrary code

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 96915


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201701-77 (Ansible: Remote execution of arbitrary code)

An input validation vulnerability was found in Ansible’s handling of data sent from client systems.
Impact :

An attacker with control over a client system being managed by Ansible and the ability to send facts back to the Ansible server could execute arbitrary code on the Ansible server using the Ansible-server privileges.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Ansible 2.1.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-admin/ansible-' All Ansible 2.2.x users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-admin/ansible-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 96915

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201701-77.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.1 $

Type: local

Published: 2017/02/01

Modified: 2017/02/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2017/01/31

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-9587

GLSA: 201701-77