Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : libxpm vulnerability (USN-3185-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 96954


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that libXpm incorrectly handled certain XPM files.
If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted XPM file, a remote attacker could use this issue to cause libXpm to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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


Update the affected libxpm4 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 96954

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3185-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/02/02

Modified: 2017/02/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libxpm4, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/02/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10164

OSVDB: 150786, 150787

USN: 3185-1