Published: 27/08/2003 Updated: 11/07/2017
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.6 | Impact Score: 6.4 | Exploitability Score: 3.9
VMScore: 465
Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Summary

man-db 2.3.12 and 2.3.18 to 2.4.1 uses certain user-controlled DEFINE directives from the ~/.manpath file, even when running setuid, which could allow local users to gain privileges.

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Vendor Advisories

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