GLSA 200408-11: Nessus: "adduser" race condition
Posted on: 08/12/2004 07:05 PM

A Nessus update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200408-11
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Nessus: "adduser" race condition vulnerability
Date: August 12, 2004
Bugs: #58014
ID: 200408-11

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Synopsis
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Nessus contains a vulnerability allowing a user to perform a privilege escalation attack.

Background
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Nessus is a free and powerful network security scanner.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-analyzer/nessus <= 2.0.11 >= 2.0.12

Description
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A race condition can occur in "nessus-adduser" if the user has not configured their TMPDIR variable.

Impact
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A malicious user could exploit this bug to escalate privileges to the rights of the user running "nessus-adduser".

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available version of Nessus.

Resolution
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All Nessus users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=net-analyzer/nessus-2.0.12"
# emerge ">=net-analyzer/nessus-2.0.12"

References
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[ 1 ] Secunia Advisory
http://secunia.com/advisories/12127/

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200408-11.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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