Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 18.04 LTS / 18.10 : policykit-1 vulnerability (USN-3861-1)

2019-01-17T00:00:00
ID UBUNTU_USN-3861-1.NASL
Type nessus
Reporter Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2019-2020 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2019-2020 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.
Modified 2019-01-17T00:00:00

Description

It was discovered that PolicyKit incorrectly handled certain large user UIDs. A local attacker with a large UID could possibly use this issue to perform privileged actions.

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.

                                        
                                            #
# (C) Tenable Network Security, Inc.
#
# The descriptive text and package checks in this plugin were
# extracted from Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3861-1. The text 
# itself is copyright (C) Canonical, Inc. See 
# <http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/>. Ubuntu(R) is a registered 
# trademark of Canonical, Inc.
#

include("compat.inc");

if (description)
{
  script_id(121224);
  script_version("1.4");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_modification_date", value:"2020/02/24");

  script_cve_id("CVE-2018-19788");
  script_xref(name:"USN", value:"3861-1");

  script_name(english:"Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 18.04 LTS / 18.10 : policykit-1 vulnerability (USN-3861-1)");
  script_summary(english:"Checks dpkg output for updated packages.");

  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"synopsis", 
    value:
"The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related
patches."
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"description", 
    value:
"It was discovered that PolicyKit incorrectly handled certain large
user UIDs. A local attacker with a large UID could possibly use this
issue to perform privileged actions.

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."
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"see_also",
    value:"https://usn.ubuntu.com/3861-1/"
  );
  script_set_attribute(
    attribute:"solution", 
    value:
"Update the affected libpolkit-backend-1-0 and / or policykit-1
packages."
  );
  script_set_cvss_base_vector("CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C");
  script_set_cvss_temporal_vector("CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C");
  script_set_cvss3_base_vector("CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H");
  script_set_cvss3_temporal_vector("CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"exploitability_ease", value:"No known exploits are available");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_type", value:"local");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libpolkit-backend-1-0");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:policykit-1");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:18.04:-:lts");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"cpe", value:"cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:18.10");

  script_set_attribute(attribute:"vuln_publication_date", value:"2018/12/03");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"patch_publication_date", value:"2019/01/16");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"plugin_publication_date", value:"2019/01/17");
  script_set_attribute(attribute:"generated_plugin", value:"current");
  script_end_attributes();

  script_category(ACT_GATHER_INFO);
  script_copyright(english:"Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2019-2020 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2019-2020 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.");
  script_family(english:"Ubuntu Local Security Checks");

  script_dependencies("ssh_get_info.nasl");
  script_require_keys("Host/cpu", "Host/Ubuntu", "Host/Ubuntu/release", "Host/Debian/dpkg-l");

  exit(0);
}


include("audit.inc");
include("ubuntu.inc");
include("misc_func.inc");

if ( ! get_kb_item("Host/local_checks_enabled") ) audit(AUDIT_LOCAL_CHECKS_NOT_ENABLED);
release = get_kb_item("Host/Ubuntu/release");
if ( isnull(release) ) audit(AUDIT_OS_NOT, "Ubuntu");
release = chomp(release);
if (! preg(pattern:"^(14\.04|16\.04|18\.04|18\.10)$", string:release)) audit(AUDIT_OS_NOT, "Ubuntu 14.04 / 16.04 / 18.04 / 18.10", "Ubuntu " + release);
if ( ! get_kb_item("Host/Debian/dpkg-l") ) audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_LIST_MISSING);

cpu = get_kb_item("Host/cpu");
if (isnull(cpu)) audit(AUDIT_UNKNOWN_ARCH);
if ("x86_64" >!< cpu && cpu !~ "^i[3-6]86$") audit(AUDIT_LOCAL_CHECKS_NOT_IMPLEMENTED, "Ubuntu", cpu);

flag = 0;

if (ubuntu_check(osver:"14.04", pkgname:"libpolkit-backend-1-0", pkgver:"0.105-4ubuntu3.14.04.5")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"14.04", pkgname:"policykit-1", pkgver:"0.105-4ubuntu3.14.04.5")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"16.04", pkgname:"libpolkit-backend-1-0", pkgver:"0.105-14.1ubuntu0.4")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"16.04", pkgname:"policykit-1", pkgver:"0.105-14.1ubuntu0.4")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"18.04", pkgname:"libpolkit-backend-1-0", pkgver:"0.105-20ubuntu0.18.04.4")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"18.04", pkgname:"policykit-1", pkgver:"0.105-20ubuntu0.18.04.4")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"18.10", pkgname:"libpolkit-backend-1-0", pkgver:"0.105-21ubuntu0.3")) flag++;
if (ubuntu_check(osver:"18.10", pkgname:"policykit-1", pkgver:"0.105-21ubuntu0.3")) flag++;

if (flag)
{
  security_report_v4(
    port       : 0,
    severity   : SECURITY_HOLE,
    extra      : ubuntu_report_get()
  );
  exit(0);
}
else
{
  tested = ubuntu_pkg_tests_get();
  if (tested) audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_NOT_AFFECTED, tested);
  else audit(AUDIT_PACKAGE_NOT_INSTALLED, "libpolkit-backend-1-0 / policykit-1");
}