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Vulnerability Assessment Details

rpc.walld format string

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Checks the presence of a RPC service

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The rpc.walld RPC service is running. Some versions of this server permit an
attacker to gain root access remotely, by consuming the resources of the
remote host then sending a specially formed packet with format strings to this
host.

Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8 and 9 are vulnerable to this issue.
Other operating systems might be affected as well.

*** Nessus did not check for this vulnerability, so this might be a
*** false positive

Solution : Deactivate this service.
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 4639

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2002 Renaud Deraison

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