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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
The util-linux package shipped with Red Hat Linux Advanced Server
contains a locally exploitable vulnerability.
The util-linux package contains a large variety of low-level system
utilities that are necessary for a Linux system to function. The
'chfn' utility included in this package allows users to modify
personal information stored in the system-wide password file,
/etc/passwd. In order to modify this file, this application is
installed setuid root.
Under certain conditions, a carefully crafted attack sequence can be
performed to exploit a complex file locking and modification race
present in this utility allowing changes to be made to /etc/passwd.
In order to successfully exploit the vulnerability and perform
privilege escalation there is a need for a minimal administrator
interaction. Additionally, the password file must be over 4 kilobytes,
and the local attackers entry must not be in the last 4 kilobytes of
the password file.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has
assigned the name CVE-2002-0638 to this issue.
An interim workaround is to remove setuid flags from /usr/bin/chfn and
/usr/bin/chsh. All users of Red Hat Linux should update to the errata
util-linux packages which contain a patch to correct this
Many thanks to Michal Zalewski of Bindview for alerting us to this
See also :
Update the affected util-linux package.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.2